MUSIC: MAMA AFRICA

ZAP MAMA GIVES WORLD MUSIC A HIP-HOP EDGE

Marie Daulne, the lead singer for the vocal group Zap Mama, has a personal history worthy of a leading character in a Jean-Claude Van Damme flick. After her Belgian father was slain in 1964 by rebels bent on ethnic cleansing, Daulne, a native of Zaire, and her Bantu mother took shelter with a tribe of pygmies before escaping to Belgium. With a background like that, it's no wonderDaulne makes music that sounds like a one-woman multicultural movement, melding African percussion, American soul and European urbanity.

Seven (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.), Zap Mama's new album, is actually its third release (the whimsical Daulne...

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