The Concord Music Group, a leader in contemporary jazz and world music recording, today announced the signing of an exclusive deal with Zap Mama, the Grammy-nominated Belgian vocalist and performer whose debut recording on the label, Supermoon , is scheduled for release on September 3, 2007.
Born in the Congo, but raised in Belgium, Zap Mama – also known as Marie Daulne – has spent her career criss-crossing continents and winning the hearts of thousands of fans, while introducing her musical heritage to the world and uniting musical cultures through the wonders of voice, music and dynamic performance.
Supermoon is an engaging blend of world, soul, pop, jazz and other subtle shades too numerous to mention, with guest musicians from around the globe: drummer Tony Allen; bassists Meshell Ndegeocello and Will Lee; guitarists David Gilmore and Michael Franti; pianists Leon Pendarvis, Daniel Freiberg and Robbie Kondor; percussionist Bashiri Johnson and many more. The album is perhaps Zap Mama’s most emotionally honest and intimate recording in her fifteen-year discography.
“This record and this partnership with Heads Up represent a new beginning for me and for my career,” says Daulne. “There is so much more of my music and myself that I want to share with the world, and this is my opportunity to do it. It’s a very intimate record. You’re seeing me very close up. I hope that’s a kind of intimacy that people will understand. I’m opening a door to who I am.”
“We’re very excited to be working with Zap Mama,” says Dave Love, president of Heads Up International, the Concord Music Group label responsible for he signing. “Her rich musical and cultural background, not to mention her longstanding reputation as a riveting performer, are the perfect complement to our rapidly expanding roster of premier artists from around the globe.” Supermoon will be released worldwidet through CMG’s arrangement with Universal Music Group International.