Ancestry in Progress

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • UPC: 680899005623
  • Catalog Number: 90056
  • Sales rank: 93,514

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro
  2. 2 Sweet Melody
  3. 3 Vivre
  4. 4 Bandy Bandy @@ Erykah Badu
  5. 5 Yelling Away @@ Talib Kweli, Common & ?uestlove
  6. 6 Show Me the Way @@ Bahamadia, Lady Alma & ?uestlove
  7. 7 Follow Me
  8. 8 Miss Q'N
  9. 9 Yaku
  10. 10 Ca Varie Varie
  11. 11 Alright
  12. 12 Cache Cache
  13. 13 Leçon no. 5
  14. 14 Wadidyusay? @@ Scratch
  15. 15 Zap Bébés
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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
The Storm Engineer
Mel Lewis drum programming
Philippe Allaert Composer, Producer, Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One reason

    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.

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