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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 (August 7, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B000S2B298
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's an alluring place where the mystique of the African continent meets the complexity of the Western world. It's a place where rhythm and beauty, myth and melody, history and harmony converge. It's a place where anything is possible. For more than 15 years, the musical entity known as Zap Mama has stood at that crossroads. Born in the Congo to an African mother and Belgian father, harbored by pygmies in the forest in the midst of revolution, and raised in the predominantly French culture of Belgium, vocalist and founder Marie Daulne is not only a living map of the world, but a purveyor of its rich stories and an ambassador to all of its diverse cultures. A brilliant songwriter and performer, she distills and reflects creative energy from an infinite array of sources and beams it back to the world with a brilliance that is unsurpassed.

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A sprawling example of "world groove," Zap Mama's sixth album is further proof that in these interconnected times the musical world really is shrinking. Born in the Congo and raised in the French culture of Belgium, Zap Mama founder and driving force Marie Daulne has always ignored the barriers between musical genres like so many outdated speed limits on a dusty highway, but on Supermoon she dips into so many styles--Afropop, R&B, hip-hop, funk--as to reduce those barriers to a delightful irrelevancy. Helped by a smorgasbord of big-name collaborators--Me'shell N'degeocello, Tony Allen, and Spearhead's Michael Franti all guest for one track each--Daulne turns African pygmy music into a rollicking club anthem on "Gati," borrows James Brown's "Payback" guitar riff on "Toma Taboo," uses the intricate polyrhythmic arrangement of "Go Boy" for a touching tale of an African immigrant, and evokes modern soul singers like Macy Gray on the title track. Through it all, the intricate vocal arrangements and production that are Zap Mama's trademark--performed largely by Daulne herself--never fail to astonish. --Ezra Gale

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And the album is also full of funky fun, pleasing poly-rhythms and jazzy inflections.
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I usually have to listen to a CD 2 or 3 times before I start to really like it, so it's odd for me to find an album I like after only listening to it once.
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Written and vocalized by Dualne herself, each song in "Supermoon" helps weave a tapestry of musical styles, cultures, and in the end the artist herself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B Goodloe on September 7, 2007
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After reading several negative reviews online of this album, I decided to pick up a copy of "Supermoon" and judge for myself.

"Supermoon" brings Zap Mama closer to the inevitable sound they've been moving towards at least since "A Ma Zone". With more urban, jazz, and hip-hop grooves than ever, this is probably their most accessible album to date. This is a good thing for those who are just discovering Zap Mama, but a hard reality for those of us long-time fans who loved the rich African feel of earlier releases. For "Supermoon", the most "african" thing about it is Marie Daulne's vocal style.

As for personal favorites, I enjoy the rousing opening track "1000 Ways" and the funky groove of "Toma Taboo". The title track "Supermoon", while catchy in an early Wyclef sort of way, strays too far from her style and includes some painfully vapid lyrics.

Overall this is a mediocre release.. perfectly sterilized for the general public, but leaving long-time fans to close their eyes and dream of "Adventures in Afropea."
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karlene Rogers on August 16, 2007
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Ahhhhh, Zap Mama and the Tour De Force behind it all, Marie Daulne. When I learned of the new release, I immediately rushed out to get it, and had to hit 3 different record stores before I found one that stocked it. I'm pleased to say that I have all of Zap Mama's releases, with the exception of the first two (Adventures in Afropea and Sabsylma), which are so fundamentally different from the later releases, that I almost don't think of it as the same band. In any event, I'm a huge fan, so it is with some level of regret that I have to write that this album fell short for me. I thought that true creative effort was lacking on many of the songs on this album, and it just didn't move me in the way 7 or Amazone or Ancestry in Progress did. The Michael Franti collaboration ("Hey Brotha")is just plain bad, and the title track is completely lackluster. Seems like more time was spent on the photo spread in the album insert than on putting out some really amazing tracks, the way only Zap Mama is capable of. That being said, I was blown away by the chorus on "Go Boy" ("Ohe Ohe Samangwa"--beautiful!!), and "Princess Kesia" is a sweet ode to, I'm assuming, her daughter and is about her child no longer being a baby but a beautiful girl. "Affection" is also a sweetly performed track. Most of the other songs are entirely forgettable. I do hope it grows on me. For now, I'll keep it in my car rotation and hope for the best. All that being said, I'll never pass up an opportunity to see Ms. Daulne perform live. Beautiful to watch and she is just a "presence!" Must catch her if you haven't. Finally, Ms. Daulne's voice in many ways is very reminiscent of Bjork's. I think if those two decided to collaborate on something, it could be history making.
Still a HUGE fan.
"Peace be a SuperMoon."
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Zap Mama - Supermoon (2007)

Compared to previous records like SEVEN and A MA ZONE, SUPERMOON is a step towards conventional, mainstream music. It often lacks the thrillingly bizarre and innovative aspects of their earlier albums. Part of this perception stems from the fact that Zap Mama's (who is essentially vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Marie Daulne) musical styles are now quite familiar to longtime listeners and can no longer deliver the "shock of the new." But while Marie Daulne's vocal acrobatics are largely (but not completely) subdued on this recording, in their place are classy songs with tasteful singing. And the album is also full of funky fun, pleasing poly-rhythms and jazzy inflections. SUPERMOON is expertly produced and there's fantastic background singing and interesting sonic touches throughout. While I wouldn't rate it as high as A MA ZONE or 7, this is quality music and there isn't a dud in the bunch, therefore, I rate it 5 stars.

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"1000 Ways" - kicks off the album with a quick-tempoed African beat and melodic bass. Features terrific singing and a super-wiggy keyboard. *****

"Hey Brotha" - an upbeat duet with Michael Franti celebrating a friendship that goes way back. This one showcases some of those crazy "vocal acrobatics" that I love so much, although I'm not super crazy about the "Hey brotha, hey sister" chorus. ****

"Super Moon" - The title track is the most conventional tune on the album, a laid-back track with acoustic guitar. Still, it's a sweet song and no one sings like Marie Daulne. ****

"Go Boy" - a mysterious sounding cut with rhythmic and jazzy piano chords. It opens with some infectious bongos and what sounds like a "woodblock vibraphone.
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Marie Daulne, creator and driving force of the musical entity known as Zap Mama, has been recording and performing music for over 15 years. Born in the Congo to an African mother and Belgian father and raised primarily in Belgium, Daulne embodies the Afro-European energy of Zap Mama's musical creations. In a recent press release she recalls, "My early childhood was filled with the music of my mother, the music of the Congo... when I was growing up in Belgium... we heard a lot of French music [on the radio]. And of course, American music was also very popular all over Europe."

In her late teens Daulne made a pilgrimage back to the Congo and decided to become a musician. "...I was standing in the middle of the forest, hearing the music that had been a part of my earliest memories, and it was like an illumination, like a light." In 1990 the first incarnation of Zap Mama was born and Afropea reached #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts.

Dualne's highly personal sixth album Supermoon is her response to our cultural obsession with superstars. "I say let's be ourselves, and let's create a word for what it means to be ourselves. A 'supermoon' is a unique person. You can be a supermoon if you follow your own desires and pursue the things that you were born to do. To be a supermoon is to be true to yourself and others."

As opposed to her earlier work where Dualne brought together other women to sing with her, this album is all about Dualne. Written and vocalized by Dualne herself, each song in "Supermoon" helps weave a tapestry of musical styles, cultures, and in the end the artist herself. "I'm opening a door to who I am," says Dualne.
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