Zap Mama’s Ancestry in Progress

New York City, USA – Zap Mama, the group led by Congolese singer Marie Daulne
has a new album, Ancestry in Progress (Luaka Bop/V2). Daulne shows her
passion for hip hop and explores and stretches that music’s boundaries.

Marie relocated from Europe to Philadelphia, where she began to collaborate with
its R&B and hip hop artists. Zap Mama’s fifth album is an experience in global
soul, featuring help from neo-soul superstar Erykah Badu (on “Bandy Bandy”),
hip-hop artists Common and Talib Kweli (on “Yelling Away”), and other members of
the Roots’ Philly massive. Created mostly in the U.S. with Philadelphia’s own, Anthony Tidd, tracks such as
“Show Me the Way” and “Ca Varie Varie” strut with the openhearted Afro-funk
common to the clubs of racially diverse Western European capitals. Belgium born
producer Phillippe Allaert, put his production magic on tracks such as “Sweet
Melody” and “Yaku” which incorporates the sounds of European ambience with an
American vibe.

The Ancestry in Progress album addresses issues that are not specific to
any one people or any one culture. “I’m talking about all the humans who made
this world better, their philosophy and their fight. I want my work to show
respect for those people. Because I know that tomorrow we’re going to be
ancestors, and that is the kind of ancestor I want to represent,
” Marie
says.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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