Zap Mama Discography 1991-2009: A Journey Through World Music
Zap Mama is a musical group founded by Belgian-Congolese artist Marie Daulne in 1991. The group specializes in polyphonic, harmonic music with a mixture of African vocal techniques, R&B, hip-hop, jazz and pop. Zap Mama has released seven albums between 1991 and 2009, each one exploring different aspects of Daulne's musical and cultural heritage.
In this article, we will take a look at Zap Mama's discography and how it reflects Daulne's journey through world music.
Zap Mama (1991)
The first album by Zap Mama was recorded in 1991 and released by Crammed Discs, a Belgian label known for its eclectic and experimental music. The album features Daulne and four other female singers performing a cappella songs inspired by traditional African music, especially from the Pygmy people of Central Africa. The album was re-released in 1993 by Luaka Bop, a label founded by David Byrne of Talking Heads, under the title Adventures in Afropea 1. The album received critical acclaim and introduced Zap Mama to a wider audience.[^1^] [^2^]
The second album by Zap Mama was also released by Luaka Bop and Crammed Discs in 1994. The title means \"What's Your Name\" in Arabic and reflects Daulne's interest in exploring other cultures and languages. The album features songs sung in French, English, Arabic, Swahili, Lingala and Zulu, as well as some invented languages. The album also incorporates more instruments and rhythms, such as percussion, guitar, saxophone and synthesizer. The album showcases Zap Mama's versatility and creativity in blending different musical styles.[^2^] [^3^]
The third album by Zap Mama was released by Luaka Bop in 1997. The title refers to the number of singers in the group at the time, as well as the number of musical genres that influenced the album. The album features guest appearances by artists such as Michael Franti of Spearhead, U-Roy, David Gilmore and DJ Krush. The album explores themes such as identity, spirituality, love and social issues. The album also marks a shift from a cappella to more instrumental music, with elements of funk, soul, reggae, hip-hop and rock.[^2^]
A Ma Zone (1999)
The fourth album by Zap Mama was released by Virgin Records in 1999. The title means \"In My Zone\" in French and reflects Daulne's confidence and maturity as an artist. The album features collaborations with artists such as Talib Kweli, Common, Black Thought of The Roots, Erykah Badu and Questlove. The album also features more samples and electronic sounds, as well as live instruments. The album blends African music with urban music, creating a unique sound that Daulne calls \"Afropean\".[^2^]
Ancestry In Progress (2004)
The fifth album by Zap Mama was released by Luaka Bop in 2004. The title reflects Daulne's exploration of her roots and her connection to the African diaspora. The album features contributions from artists such as Bahamadia, Scratch of The Roots, Bilal and G Love. The album also features more rap and spoken word elements, as well as soulful vocals and harmonies. The album celebrates the diversity and richness of African culture and its influence on contemporary music.[^2^]
The sixth album by Zap Mama was released by Concord Records in 2007. The title refers to the phenomenon of the moon appearing larger and brighter than usual when it is closest to the earth. The album features guest appearances by artists such as Vincent Cassel, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tony Allen and Manu Dibango. The album also features more acoustic instruments and organic sounds, such as piano, guitar, flute and kalimba. The album showcases Zap Mama's musical range and sophistication, as well as D 248dff8e21