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Adventures in Afropea 1 [Original recording reissued]

Zap MamaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Marie Daulne, the founder and fronting member of Zap Mama since the early 1990s, has lived a life that rivals Homer’s Odyssey. Filled with peril and triumph, globe-spanning quests, and a series of personal achievements that seem almost heroic in scope, her story is one of epic proportions in the annals of world music. She stands with one foot firmly planted in tradition and the other in ... Read more in Amazon's Zap Mama Store

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B0000CC83A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mupepe
2. Bottom
3. Brrrlak!
4. Abadou
5. Take Me oco
6. Plekete
7. Mizike
8. Babanzele
9. Din Din
10. I Ne Suhe
11. Guzophela
12. Nabombeli You
13. Marie-Josee (Daulne)
14. Ndje Mukanie (Daulne)
15. Son Cubano (Daulne)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby McFerrin meets the Mahotella Queens April 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This first album by Zap Mama is their purest. It's almost entirely a capella, and is the least influenced by American pop culture. It's a fine balance between European and African influences, and the songs span 400 years of composition history.
To know Zap Mama is to love them. This group tackles every song with energy and enthusiasm, and their live performances are such a visual feast that you hardly know where to look at any moment. Their repertoire is so geographically diverse that I get cabin fever just listening to them.
When this album was recorded, Zap Mama was a core group of five singers, with additional guest vocals. The singers, especially Marie Daulne, have rich voices with a husky timbre. One at a time they are a delight to listen to; in harmony, they make me delirious.
The songs on this album all good, but there are a few standouts. "Brrrlak!," released as a single, is a fast tempo charmer with sophisticated rhythms. "Plekete" is an onomatopoetic road trip (literally), complete with car horns, a squeal of tires, and an ambulance siren. Three themes are presented one at a time, and the song culminates with a cleverly crafted overlay of all three. (This was the first Zap Mama song I ever heard; my then-toddler and I saw them perform it on, of all things, Sesame Street. I bought the album post-haste.) "Bottom," the only song with lyrics entirely in English, tells a story that is as understated as the film "Titanic" is over-the-top (and it's way shorter, at only one minute and twenty-nine seconds). "Din Din" shows off the group's remarkable intonation and precision. The introductory section of "Ndje Mukanie" does likewise.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brrlak! This album is din din divine..... June 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I know, shameless puns derived from the song titles. Anyway, I couldn't think of a better way to express the delight I have for this album everytime I play it in my stereo! Zap Mama's style is hard to describe. It is a fusion of sounds. We have improvisational harmonies, chants, latin elements, a pygmy chant and African-derived percussion and rhythms. But, guess what? The only instruments are the voices of the five magnificent women who are Zap Mama.
Some of my favorite tracks are "Brrrlak!" (hence, the title of my review), "Abadou (a Syrian song about a man crying over the loss of his favorite woman from his harem)," "Din Din (an original, abbreviated interpretation of a traditional Spanish song from the 16th century)," and "Guzophela (an anti-apartheid song)." Not only do these women have a flair for harmony, intepretation and unbridled spontaneity, they are also fine artists. I am so glad that this innovative musical quintet has continued to perform and collaborate together. Can't wait to hear the other albums!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beaiutiful yet simple music. December 10, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Beaiutiful yet simple music. Zap Mama ia a group of five women of African/European origin. Their music is very harmonious acappella. The songs are verymulticultural (including some french interpretationstraditional african songs). This is great world music, very novel. It is a great change from the manufactured and uninspiring pop that one hears on radio.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True artistry of voice . . . October 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I recently had the pleasure of hearing Zap Mama perform live. The perfection heard on this album is certainly on par with one's most stringent expectations. This album is especially unique thanks to the vocal instruments employed. If you listen carefully you will realize that Zap Mama does not require any "instruments" to make the most incredible music one might hear.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A world journey awaits. February 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The cd is simple. Simple cover art, and all the performers are using their voice. It's a cd that flows great. This is unlike anything else in my collection. You get sounds and chants from Africa and Europe, with some English thrown in. Just sit back, relax and let the sounds take you where they may. The sounds do sound familiar in a way. This is probably the best way I can describe this cd. Most other music is easy to review, but you just have to experience this cd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and addictive September 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Like nothing I've heard before. These women are phenominal. I've listened to this CD over a dozen times.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great oldie
Refreshing, innovative amazing music from the world's oldest instrument: the voice!! LOVE it, great harmonies, love all the accoustic effects.
Published 13 months ago by Gottagoodread?
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and Polished
Zap Mama's Adventures in Afropea is new, original, yet polished. The a capella style is delightful and rich. The concept (European/African fusion) works effectively. Read more
Published on April 4, 2009 by Randall Abbey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 10 favorites
This is the album I reach for when I feel happy. The voices are so unusual and beautiful, and the joy throughout the music is infectious.
Published on May 3, 2006 by Q. Byrd
4.0 out of 5 stars Afro-pop with bits of disco, doo-wop, madrigal, Arab lament.
Wide variety of styles for sweet African voices, all distinct from one another. Most songs draw on Afro-pop, but they capture bits of disco, doo-wop, madrigal, and Arab lament. Read more
Published on March 22, 2006 by Frank Camm
5.0 out of 5 stars I never get tired of listening to this album
I first heard Zap Mama on NPR and went out and bought this album right away. Like looking at a favorite picture, I never get tired of listening to the songs. Read more
Published on September 24, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, you already have Zap Mama!
This is a great album by a group of five African and European women. It features the original instrument "the human voice". A cappella at its best. Read more
Published on May 17, 1998
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