Zap Mama - ReCreation (New CD)
Lush and exotic, Zap Mama’s latest, ReCreation,is yet another dishy blend of eclectic world music compositionsswirling with Ms Daulne’s marvelous vocals and entrancing percussion.Incorporating nipping bites of Africa richness and Brazilian sass, ReCreation sizzles with a sophisticated sound, marked by an expertly wrought cornucopia of brass, guitar, percussion, keyboards, kora, piano and a curtain of delicious vocals. Recorded in 2008 in Belgium, Boston, Brazil, Los Angeles and New York, ReCreation is a veritable cross-pollination of sounds from around the world.
Openingwith the soaring vocals by Marie Daulne’s daughter Kesia Daulne Quentalwhile her mother takes up backing vocals and Yannick Werther offers upsome dreamy keyboards, title track “ReCreation” is a positively yummy opening to the rest of the CD.
Launching directly into the chunky beats of Karriem Riggins and congabongo player Shora, “Vibrations” is an artful mix of vocals by Ms.Daulne, Miss Camille and Jean Louis Daulne, guitar by Yannick Werther,keyboards by Ms. Daulne and DJ Nanga Yassine Daulne.
“Singing Sisters” is indeed swinging and downright sassy with thereunion of vocals by Ms. Daulne and original Zap Mama singers SylvieNawasadio and Sabine Kabongo. Equally good is the track entitled “Helloto Mama” with its Latin flavor, sultry vocals and a slinky trumpet linelaid down by Trumpetisto from Miami.
The real sensations on ReCreation have to be the duets. “The Way You Are” with the entwining vocals ofMs. Daulne and Bilal is fresh and breezy. Stacking an upright bass,nylon guitar, keyboards, piano, programming and flute makes the soundpositively sumptuous. The duet “Paroles Paroles” with Vincent Cassel isall smooth and seductive. “Drifting,” another duet, this time with G.Love, vibrates with a backdrop of bass, Hammond organ, guitar and Mr.Love on harmonica. But my favorite has to be sultry “Non, Non, Non”with Vincent Cassel, Ms. Daulne and Jean-Louis Daulne with backingvocals by Miss Camille.
Other stand out tracks include “Togetherness,” “Chill Out” and thehighly stylized “African Diamond” with Yassine Daulne and Papi Pyapyanejoining in on the vocals with Ms. Daulne and Tony Allen on drums,Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, Phillipe Allaert on guitar, Luc Weytjenson Rhodes, G. Love on harmonica and DJ Nanga Yassine Daulne.
(Credit to TJ Nelson of World Music Central for the above review)
3. Singing Sisters (With Sylvia Nawasadio And Sabine Kabongo)
4. Hello To Mama
5. Do You Wanna?
6. The Way You Are (With Bilal)
7. Paroles Paroles (With Vincent Cassel)
8. Drifting (With G Love)
9. African Diamond (With Tony Allen & Meshell Ndegeocelto)
12. Non, Non, Non (With Vincent Cassel)
13. Chill Out
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