Zap Mama draws inspiration from whole wide world.Byline: Carolyn Lamberson The Register-Guard
The women of Zap Mama Zap Mama is a Belgian musical group founded by Marie Daulne. They sing in French and English with deep African roots. Musical Origins
Daulne was raised primarily in Europe and first heard a recording of traditional pygmy music when she was 20. refer to their work as "world music redefined."
Five female voices blend the sounds of Congolese souk, soul, hip-hop, gospel, Pygmy song and Afro-Cuban rhythms into an enticing cocktail.
"Marie Daulne Marie Daulne, founder and lead singer of the group Zap Mama, was born in 1964 in Congo Kinshasa. Daulne says her mission is to be a bridge between the European and the African and bring the two cultures together with her music. and Zap Mama make music that sounds like a one-woman multicultural movement," Time magazine once wrote, `melding African percussion percussion /per·cus·sion/ (per-kush´un) the act of striking a part with short, sharp blows as an aid in diagnosing the condition of the underlying parts by the sound obtained. , American soul and European urbanity.'
On Saturday, Eugene fans of world beat music will test the waters themselves when Daulne and Zap Mama bring their hybrid music to the McDonald Theatre.
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3. her online biography, Daulne was born in what was then called Zaire, now Congo, but fled the war-torn country when she was 3. For a time, her family took refuge with a tribe of Pygmies before eventually making its way to Belgium, her father's homeland.
As a young girl, she learned the "polyphonic The ability to play back some number of musical notes simultaneously. For example, 16-voice polyphony means a total of 16 notes, or waveforms, can be played concurrently. " singing style practiced by Central Africa's Pygmy tribes, a tradition her mother passed down to her. Daulne's tastes ran more to Stevie Wonder and the early rap stars, so it wasn't until she returned to Congo at age 18 that she heard the music in its proper context and formed an appreciation of the undulating style.
She returned to Belgium and in 1990 formed Zap Mama. The band's first release, 1993's "Adventures in Afropea," was a strictly vocal affair. The follow-up, 1994's "Sabsylma," earned a Grammy nomination for best world music album.
On `7,' the group collaborated with such artists as Michael Franti Michael Franti (born April 21, 1966, in Oakland, California) is an American poet, musician, and composer of African, American Indian, Italian, and German descent. Franti is the creator and driving force behind Michael Franti & Spearhead and dub reggae reggae, Jamaican popular music that developed in the 1960s among Kingston's poor blacks, drawing on American "soul" music and traditional African and Jamaican folk music and ska (a Jamaican and British dance-hall music). star U-Roy. `A Ma Zone," released in '99, featured the Roots' MC, Black Thought.
The following year, Daulne moved to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , where she hooked up with the Roots' creative camp in Philadelphia. Her collaboration with Ahmir `?uestLove' Thompson and the other Philly "soulquarians" resulted in the Mamas' most recent record, 2003's `Ancestry in Progress," in which Daulne and the Mamas put their stamp on American soul music.
"The American beat is a revolution all over the world," Daulne said in a news release. "Everybody listens to it and everybody follows it. But the beat of the United States was inspired by the beat coming from Africa - not just its structure, but the sound of it.
`This is the source of modern sounds, the history of the beat, starting from little pieces of wood banging against one another and arriving on the big sound systems today. It's ge- nius.
`So I wanted to create an album about the evolution of old ancestral beats, how they traveled from Africa, mixing with European and Asian sounds Asian Sound Radio is a radio station based in Globe House, Southall street in Manchester. The station broadcasts Music, News and Information to the Asian Communitiy in East Lancashire. , and were brought to America."
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: McDonald Theatre, 1010 Willamette St.
Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show, available through TicketsWest
Marie Daulne brings her African roots to her music.