Zapmama - Supermoon

2007-11-12 09:06
This is Zapmama’s sixth album in fifteen years. Never mind being around, this band has been all over the musical block. This is their debut on Heads Up International records, home to renowned muso Hugh Masekela and Grammy-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo. No doubt then that this is world music at its best.

The opening track “Go Boy” is quietly majestic with African choral chants, mbira, piano, vibrant drums and Daulne’s breathy and hauntingly soft vocals. Title track “Supermoon” is a laid back acoustic guitar groove on a folk tip about superficial superstars. “Toma Taboo” features the phenomenal multi-instrumentalist Me’shell Ndegeocello on bass. The album features guest musicians from all over the globe who merged their talents for this eclectic amalgamation of soul, urban pop, hip-hop, jazz and funk with a strong African presence. If you’re still wondering what world music is, this is it!

-Gugu Mkhabela
Supermoon may sound esoteric but if you know Zapmama from their a cappella days, then you know they make music for everyone. Congo-born and Belgian raised lead singer Maria Daulne, strives to merge African and European cultures with her music. And if there’s one thing Zapmama has been consistent with, it’s doing just that.

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