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Check out Zap Mama’s new EPK on the making of her latest album, ReCreation. The video features behind the scenes footage with G.Love, Vincent Cassel, and Bilal.


Remember to watch the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards tomorrow night, Friday, February 26th, at 8PM on FOX! You can watch the live webcast of the pre-show beginning at 3:30PM Pacific Time here.

Last night, Zap Mama attended the NAACP Image Awards Film Nights Festival at Creative Art Agency (CAA). The three short films from New African Cinema were originally featured at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

You can read Zap Mama’s recap of the evening (in French and English) below:

hier, premiere soiree ma chere
j ai mit la robe verte

j etai sla seule en tnue de soiree je te jure !!
mais je me suis distinguee

c ‘etait une petite soiree
pour le cinema Africain à Holliwood
tres chouette film

Nous sommes arrivee avec 1 heure de retard
j ai donc ratee le NETWORKING

the movies were 3 short films
directed by Jenna Bass
magical realism

i can feel the feminity of the director in this film

It was very good
the main actress was a young girl 10 years old with the sound and the timbre of a old soul (deep and firm)

the second movie was from director WANURI KAHIU from KENYA
the film called PUMZI means breath
this movie was like my music
exactely the same atmosphere and visual so TRUE, so correct
i think it was my favorite!!!

the last movie was from Dyanne GAYE
it was a musical one shot sequence film
the film is very good
but as a musicians i was extremely disappointed by
the musical performance
the actor couldn’t sing and couldn’t dance!!
that ruins the very short film

c ‘etait vraiment bien
3 realisatricesafricaine

avec un message
tres juste

In 2002, Zap Mama was featured in a ground-breaking documentary film, Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat Box, along with eminent hip hop artists like Doug E. Fresh and Rahzel and Scratch from The Roots. In the film, Zap Mama talks about the evolution of this musical form in a variety of cultures across the world.

Click here for more information on the film.

Check out a sample of Zap Mama’s beat boxing from Uncensored Interview.

Zap Mama’s latest album, ReCreation, features the debut singing performance of French actor Vincent Cassel on the tracks “Paroles Paroles” and “Non Non Non.” Prior to his work with Zap Mama, Vincent Cassel has stared in numerous films, such as La Haine, Oceans Twelve and Thirteen, and Public Enemy Number One.

ReCreation will be released in France on Universal Records on April 26th, 2010.

Zap Mama has joined a group of prominent Belgian musicians in responding to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. The benefit concert, which will be held in Brussels on February 15th, is sponsored by Oxfam and Unicef, among others. The performers will include Soulsister, Novastar, Viktor Lazlo and many more. Click here for more information and tickets.

“Brrrlak!” from Zap Mama’s first album, Adventures in Afropea 1 (1993)

Studio Expresso, an online community of music producers and artists, recently interviewed Zap Mama for its January 2010 e-zine. This monthly report on music news and trends features Zap Mama in its “Studio Spotlight.” In the interview, Zap Mama talks about the goals behind her music and the process of writing a song. You can read the full article below:

Zap Mama Up Close and Personal
2010 NAACP Image Nominee Zap Mama Talks with studioexpresso About Her Positive Music Spin
Interview by Claris Dodge

41st NAACP Image Awards air live Friday, February 26 on FOX.
This year, in the category of Outstanding World Music Album
Zap Mama’s ReCreation is nominated. studioexpresso spotlighted this album in August 2007. Though producer, singer, songwriter and humanitarian Marie Daulne aka Zap Mama makes Brussels (Belgium) home, her music belongs to the world.

“My early childhood was filled with the music of my mother, the music of the Congo,” she says. Her mission is loud and clear in her 2009 album released on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group ReCreation (HUCD 3159): Positive Force of music inspired by nature and history aiming to crack the happiness code. Got your attention yet?! Rooted in a rich Brazilian vibe, ReCreation also boasts a guest list of high-profile vocalists including Bilal, G. Love, actor Vincent Cassel and several others. You might say Marie Daulne thinks like an Olympic athlete. A sport injury changed life of a young runner who turned the downtime into a learning opportunity. “A new direction unfolded for me. Since I couldn’t run, I decided to get my hands on any and every book on African and European art and history. I thought about what I would do after I’m 30. I traveled back to my homeland and learned about the healing and connecting nature of music. Soon, voices were talking to me. Voices from the earth… from mother or “mama.” Fast forward 20-years and Daulne is celebrating a multicultural musical entity she has created, the Afropean vocalist and songwriter knows as Zap Mama.

“I couldn’t play an instrument, so I had to learn how to make the music I was hearing in my head. I started with my vocals. Just singing in polyphony. It made me think of how the poor can accomplish happiness and togetherness with bare basics. So I learned to communicate my music and merged it with a philosophy of respecting nature, connecting to people and finding happiness,” Daulne says. “Take Villabe singing for instance –The African or Arabic world know the secret of simplicity. I learned it from the Blue Men or nomads in Touareg (the Savanna desert near central and North Africa). I learned from Animists and how they heal people….learned from their oral tradition,” she adds.

Daulne approaches writing new material like she paints. “First I imagine the image and treat sounds like brush strokes…the perspective or the placement of instruments can change the view. I then add or take off musical elements, until I’m happy with the image. Daulne who is multi-linguist (French, Dutch Congolese and some Lingala or Portuguese) explores melodies on the keyboards first. She has gotten comfortable using ProTools. “I thank the guy who invented it…Sometimes ideas come to me on the road or when I’m out shopping. I used to record on my phone. Now, it’s easier to capture it on my computer and I get a much better sound quality,” she says.

Daulne also likes to conduct workshops for other artists on how to project stage energy combined with healing and oral tradition teachings. She believes that when it comes to fashion or style, understated elegance is ageless. “Arabic women like to cover themselves so you uncover the internal beauty first. Style is a personal choice. At the end of the day my music represents the real world and I’m always very clear on what I want,” says Daulne who is proud of her NAACP nomination and representing her rich Afro European heritage.

Zap Mama music is beautiful, inside and out. She’s a positive force in music today.