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Zap Mama Is ‘Drifting’ Into New Musical Waters. Please Drift Back.


I do not want to give the impression that I am not a fan of artist reinvention, because, that would be inaccurate. However, I don't think I feel comfortable, as a fan of Zap Mama, with the direction I see her going into with this new video "Drifting," which is retro at best and uninspired throughout. While Maxwell gave us retro visually in his last video "Fistful of Tears," the music stayed true to his sound while bringing us something new to enjoy. I don't feel like Zap Mama stays true to her sound in this clip with G.Love. Call me sentimental, but I miss the quality of freedom that was rampant in previous works.

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After the bounce

I came across Zap Mama in 2002 via the group's 1999 release A Ma Zone, which was this wildly intoxicating ride that fused sounds that weren't normally mixed and executed so expertly before. Later, the 2004 cut "Sweet Melodie" was an amazing treat with its simplistic rendering that still incorporated Zap Mama's trademark Congolese-inspired polyphonic melodies that are sprinkled throughout her songs. While you hear what sounds like grunts and moans, you don't hear the sprinkle I'm talking about in "Drifting" and the missing texture is noticeable. Belgian native Marie Daulne has always been the heart and soul of Zap Mama, which started as a group but now counts Daulne as its sole member. And, I suspect, that the new direction has more to do with Daulne possibly wanting to begin a new brand as an artist, and I get that. But this video and this song, I don't get. Watch it and tell us what you think.


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11 Responses

  1. Eartha Kitt 2010.
    Is that Quentin Tarantino Rappin? ( just kidding)
    I like it. But then again I'm that dude that likes 98 percent of Princes B-sides and throw aways.

  2. Well, this was released literally a year ago on "ReCreation," which I thought was a great LP. This is a woman who initially only did vocal acapelle & then moved into everything from euro-pop to hip hop, I'm sure Marie Daulne knows what she is doing. I like this song, though "Non, Non, Non" & "African Diamond" are strong contenders of favorites from the last LP.-QH

  3. Well, this was released literally a year ago on "ReCreation," which I thought was a great LP. This is a woman who initially only did vocal acapelle & then moved into everything from euro-pop to hip hop, I'm sure Marie Daulne knows what she is doing. I like this song, though "Non, Non, Non" & "African Diamond" are strong contenders of favorites from the last LP.-QH

  4. Me likes. As far as Im concerned, Zap Mama can do very little wrong.
    QH, I love "The Way You Are" from "ReCreation. My fave cut from the album. Just saying.

  5. I LOVE IT!!!! Nothing like an artist who can step out of their "Norm" and do something dif...

  6. she does have a eartha kitt kind of quality to her voice and this song is just what I needed to start my morning off................

  7. Moon, I'm with you on this. As a fan of "Bandy Bandy," (best song about masturbation ever written), I can't say I'm diggin' this joint. I'm all for the "exploratory" aspect of being an artist, but this doesn't mesh well with what we've known Zap Mama for in the past.

  8. I like the song. Do you Ms Daulne.
    A good song is a good song, don't listen to these narrow-minded yankees. Let an artist be an artist. Whichever direction you goin, I'll follow.

  9. @hoodedmonk- YES! He does resemble Taratino, lol. I like mostly everthing by Prince, too. But, this song...well, I shared my review.
    @FireMadeFlesh, glad you feel me, seems like you and I share the same POV. I swear I had no idea about "Bandy, Bandy..." I guess that comes off the party playlist for my 6 yr-old, lol. That's my joint.
    @QH & Tafari, I think the only song I was really digging like that from ReCreation is "Vibrations". But, it goes to show, there is something out there for everyone.

  10. @FireMadeFlesh You just made me take another slow listen to Bandy Bandy & Im not getting the masturbatory theme. 0_o. Just saying.

  11. @Tafari
    "When the day gets too long
    when its so right now feel so wrong
    Listen to what i say
    See if you dont agree
    Theres something i learned long ago
    Down where the blu waters flow
    Something people do to et their spirits free
    In the morning time
    in the afternoon
    in the cool evening breeze."
    Basically, it's about getting that "self-satisfaction" whenever the mood hits you.



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