Music: Irish Spring

Dublin-born Samantha Mumba leaps to stardom

Teen pop queens of late have been manufactured in a dispiritingly limited variety: blond and blonder, bland and blander.

Samantha Mumba, 17, is a refreshing change. Born in Dublin to a Zambian father and an Irish mother, she's already a star in Europe, and her first single, the winsome Gotta Tell You, has entered the Top 10 in the U.S. Irish acts have long drawn on American R. and B. for inspiration. Now the Emerald Isle is sharing some of the soul it borrowed, and American pop could use it.

On Mumba's debut CD, Gotta Tell You (Interscope), she speaks...

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