Ancestry in Progress

Ancestry in Progress

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by Zap Mama
     
 
Zap Mama's fifth disc represents another step forward in the Afropean ensemble's polyphonic evolution. Led and created by Belgian-Congolese vocalist and musicologist Marie Daulne -- the face and primary voice of Zap Mama -- Ancestry in Progress is more Americanized and cohesive than previous offerings. While Daulne continues to showcase her distinctive vocals

Overview

Zap Mama's fifth disc represents another step forward in the Afropean ensemble's polyphonic evolution. Led and created by Belgian-Congolese vocalist and musicologist Marie Daulne -- the face and primary voice of Zap Mama -- Ancestry in Progress is more Americanized and cohesive than previous offerings. While Daulne continues to showcase her distinctive vocals in both French and English and weaves a variegated musical tapestry that includes drum 'n' bass ("A Varie Varie"), cartoon-inspired a cappella ("Follow Me)," and mantra-like Pygmy chants ("Leçon no. 5"), the disc's ambient vibe is rooted in neo-soul. Recording in Philadelphia, home to the pulse of progressive R&B and hip-hop, Zap Mama recruited the Roots and other prominent artists from the scene to help stir the melting pot. Most notably, Erykah Badu -- with whom Daulne toured in 2003 -- blesses the otherwise languid groove of "Bandy Bandy" with her signature primal scream, while affirmative lyrics from rappers Talib Kweli and Common complement the uplifting "Yelling Away." Guest appearances, however, don't always add to the creative process, and an abrasive cameo from fledgling rapper Intense nearly ruins the meditative "Yaku," about a single woman yearning for motherhood. Despite that small misstep, Ancestry in Progress masterfully melds African and African-American aural traditions and reinforces the connection between the two.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On its first full-length in four years, Marie Daulne's Zap Mama project returns to Luaka Bop from a brief encounter with Narada and resumes its quest to wind African melody and vocal harmony around hip- hop, jazzy breaks, soul and Afro Cuban rhythms first explored on 7 and continued with mixed success on A Ma Zone. Produced by Daulne and Anthony Tidd, the music production was supervised by the Roots' Richard Nichols. As such, this exotic blend is earthy, steamy, full of souled-out slips and shimmers in "Bandy Bandy" with special guest Erykah Baud, and the laid-back funk of "Show Me the Way," with guests Air Thompson Bahamadia and Lady Alma. This is far more an urban recording, where urban pop and nu-soul are informed by worldbeat esthetics rather than the other way around. Take "Miss Q'N" with its late-night groove and stacked harmonies (all performed by Daulne) coming from out of the ether and weaving a tapestry of soft seductive lullaby around the lyric. "Yak," with its male chorus intoning the pronunciation ("Yah Yoa") is an intro against the whispering hi hat loop, before a huge chorus of alto and contralto voices re-frame it and Daulne's solo voice. As the hypnotic effect becomes the M.O., M.C. Intense begins rapping from his urban reality perch and throws the whole thing into overdrive. And so it goes, drifting, cutting, edging, and willowing toward some otherworldly collage that is all held together in the sheer vocal magic of Daulne's vision.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Luaka Bop
UPC:
0680899005623
catalogNumber:
90056

Tracks

  1. Intro
  2. Sweet Melody
  3. Vivre
  4. Bandy Bandy @@ Erykah Badu
  5. Yelling Away @@ Talib Kweli, Common & ?uestlove
  6. Show Me the Way @@ Bahamadia, Lady Alma & ?uestlove
  7. Follow Me
  8. Miss Q'N
  9. Yaku
  10. Ca Varie Varie
  11. Alright
  12. Cache Cache
  13. Leçon no. 5
  14. Wadidyusay? @@ Scratch
  15. Zap Bébés

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zap Mama   Primary Artist
Marie Daulne   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bottle,Hand Clapping,Sounds
Larry Gold   Strings
Mike Harvey   Vocals
Nina   Vocals
Erykah Badu   Vocals,Background Vocals
Anthony Tidd   Keyboards
Common   Rap
Yvette   Vocals
?uestlove   Drums,Rap
Dizy Mandjeku   Guitar
Talib Kweli   Vocals,Background Vocals
Anita Daulne   Vocals
Arlynne Page   Vocals
Sophie   Vocals
Scratch   Beat Box
Lady Alma   Background Vocals
Aningi Bernadette   Vocals
Dana Leong   Horn
Manou NGuessan Gallo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tanya Saw   Vocals,Background Vocals
Patrick Dorcean   Drums
Tim Green   Horn
Pablo Baptiste   Percussion
Kesia Daulne Quental   Vocals
Yassin Daulne   Vocals
Jonathan Finlayson   Horn
Desta Haile   Vocals
Mfali Kouyate   Cora
Fredy Massamba   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chris McHale   Vocals
Coco Minyaka   Vocals
Lene Nørgaard Christensen   Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Chantal Willie   Vocals
Roman Zeitlin   Guitar,Keyboards
Chris McHale   Vocals
Pablo Baptiste   Percussion

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Executive Producer
Storm   Engineer
Mel Lewis   drum programming
Philippe Allaert   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Marie Daulne   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Yale Evelev   Executive Producer
Marcellus Hall   Illustrations
Bahamadia   Composer
Jurgen Rogiers   Composer
Anthony Tidd   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Anita Daulne   Composer
Arlynne Page   Composer
Gordon Goss   Engineer
Filippa Lidholm   Cover Photo
Lady Alma   Composer
Bernadette Aningi   Composer
Manou NGuessan Gallo   Vocal Arrangements
Alessandro Canu   Illustrations
Jan DeRijk   Engineer
Chris McHale   Composer,Producer
Roman Zeitlin   Engineer

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You only need one reason to buy this album...#4, "Bandy Bandy" feat. Erykah Badu. And then when you hear that, you'll immediately feel the rest of the cd. I brought this on impulse I thought the cover was pretty and I saw that Talib, Common and ?uestlove were featured appearances. Whoa! Zap Mama mixes African influences in every song, which I love. The whole sound is fresh...something you've never heard before. I definitely recommend this cd.