Zap Mama is the music act of Belgian artist Marie Daulne. Zap Mama sings polyphonic and afro-pop music, a harmonic music with a mixture of infused African vocal techniques, urban, hip hop with emphasis on voice. The worldwide success of Zap Mama, and an ensemble of female polyphonic singers, inspired influences in American hip hop, nu-soul, jazz and elements of pop. “The voice is an instrument itself,” says Daulne. “It’s the original instrument. The primary instrument. The most soulful instrument, the human voice. Singing songs in French and English with African World Music Roots.
Antibalas (Spanish for “bulletproof”) is an American, Brooklyn-based afrobeat band that is modeled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Orchestra. Although their music generally follows the musical architecture and language of afrobeat, it incorporates elements of jazz, funk, dub, improvised music, and traditional drumming from Cuba and West Africa.
Since first bursting on the scene almost 20 years ago, the Belgian-Congolese songstress has wowed audiences around the world with her unique sound that effortlessly fuses R&B, hip-hop, and jazz with indigenous & tribal sounds. She dives deeper with her wordsmithing and storytelling abilities that have been lauded by the likes of Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Common, & Questlove. This recording chronicles her appearance performing with Antibalas at The Belly Up in 2015, featuring songs from both Zap Mama and Antibalas’ extensive catalog.
Run Time: Approx. 116 Minutes