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Editors’ Notes

Zap Mama has come a long way. What began in 1990 as a female quintet performing primarily a cappella melodies based on traditional pygmy music has morphed into a full-blown world fusion swirl of African rhythms and American funk and soul. As the sound has changed, so has the personnel — Zap Mama is down to one singer, founding member Marie Daulne, who performs all of the lead vocals (and most of the backing vocals) along with various syncopated grunts, whoops and clicks. She also wrote, arranged and produced most of the songs, but she didn't create Supermoon alone — about 50 musicians in all appear on this recording, including a few high profile guests like bassist Me’shell N’degeocello, drummer Tony Allen and Michael Franti. Daulne possesses amazing vocal control and her buoyant and rich voice carries both the melody and rhythm, especially on the funkier numbers like “Toma Taboo” and “Kwenda,” each of which have horn sections that sound straight out of the JB’s playbook. There are some slower moments, such as the ballad “Where Are You,” but Supermoon is primarily a pleasing collision of sounds and styles that works best as a groove album.

Customer Reviews

Gorgeous Step Forward

I have listened to the album through three times in a row, and I am falling in love with more moments in it each time. There's much less hip-hop/ philly soul here than Ancestry in Progress and A Ma Zone. Before I go any further, "Princess Kesia" Track 11, may just be my favorite Zap song ever. Gorgeous vocal layering. Overall, this is Marie Daulne's time to shine in her songwriting and her creative vision. I'll be interested to see who her vocal collaborators are on this body of work when she presents it live. I'm loving it, and I can't wait to see the Zap Live Show


Marie Daulne is Zap Mama and always has been. While this album may bear ample comparison to her earlier albums, the body of her work is very cohesive. While it may be tempting to merely groove on her vibe, for example on "Princess Kesia", which the review calls choral, the key to understanding Zap Mama's music is through her previous works. "Din Din" was a Gregorian Chant they recorded back in 1993. I also draw on previous experience in order to cope with challenges... ....Zap Mama just does it more musically.

gotta love such beauty & talent & innovation

... some good comments! As with any true audio artist, one has to listen to the work as a whole, find points of change & flows of continuity, search for intent - what is she trying to do from the get go & how the artist evolves. Marie is a true artist experimenting in voice, rhythm, melody. Unique harmonies, scales & tones appear throughout her work, some borrowed from traditions, others explode from the dynamics of performance & studio. this production seems a mid-career transition. Where next? I'll enjoy this while waiting.


Formed: 1990

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Zap Mama is an all-female a cappella quintet founded by Zaire native Marie Daulne. Daulne's father was killed during the revolution of 1960 while her mother was pregnant with her, so the remainder of the family fled to the forests and found refuge with a tribe of pygmies. Daulne was raised primarily in Europe, but when she heard a recording of traditional pygmy music at age 20, she decided to return to Africa to learn about her heritage. She was trained in pygmy onomatopoeic vocal techniques before...
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