I wish I had time to go check Zap Mama at the Highline Ballroom tonight. I missed them over the summer too, at Central Park Summerstage, cause I was in JHB. One of my favorite musical groups of all time because my a cappella group in college did a bunch of their songs. I guess you could say that they figure prominently in the soundtrack of my life. (I can recall our publisher, at one point, telling me I had a "Zap Mama vibe." LOL.)
The last time I was in NG, I would get up every morning and jog around my aunt's compound while listening to a Zap mixtape. If "Souca Na Na" (on the Mission Impossible III soundtrack) doesn't get you up and moving, I don't know what will.
I wonder to what extent Zap's recent mainstream/crossover appeal has lost them some grassroots support? I don't know why it has to be an either or thing with some folks. A shame when Marie Daulne is so BAD ASS, bringing really dope music to a world audience. This is a really old vid, but you can tell that she knows how to work those vocal chords.
Zap Mama performs Abadou
As far as I know, only the white girl is still in the group. I really don't know why they have such a difficult time retaining members when they're making such incredible music. Part of it might be the fact that Marie is such a driving force that not everyone can handle singing backup.
But check them out, if you can, tonight. I still need to sample the latest album, "SuperMoon." Like Marie says, "I don't want to be a superstar; I'd rather be a supermoon." How on point is that? ;)