Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Get zapped!

Zap Mama to bring international flair to Hailey

Express Staff Writer

Photo by Jurgen Rogiers Zap Mama will play Hop Porter Park in Hailey on Friday, June 25, at 7 p.m.

The multicultural sound of Zap Mama—led by "Afropean" vocalist and songwriter Marie Daulne—will be a music experience with rich cultural influences from as far away as the Congo, Australia and Japan.

Zap Mama is a diverse band bringing the world's cultures together. They will bring their urban sound to Hailey's Hop Porter Park on Friday, June 25, at 7 p.m.

Daulne, often described as "Afro-European," was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to a Bantu woman and a Belgian man. Her father was killed the year of her birth by Simba rebels. Daulne and her mother and sisters were evacuated to Belgium.

Zap Mama has released eight albums, which trace the group's metamorphosis from an a cappella quintet into the creative vision of one woman surrounded by talent from nearly every corner of the musical landscape. In the process, Daulne has toured the globe in support of her music, with legendary performances at the Montreux and New Orleans jazz festivals, the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom, the WOMAD festivals in Adelaide and Singapore, Coachella Festival, Austin City Limits, Roskilde, and the Blue Note Festival in Tokyo.

Daulne's music has also been featured in numerous films and television shows, including "Mission: Impossible II" and most recently in an episode of the popular series "So You Think you Can Dance?" She was also the subject of a BBC documentary.

"ReCreation," Zap Mama's latest release (2009), features a rhythm section rooted in a rich Brazilian vibe and a guest list of high-profile vocalists including Bilal, G. Love, actor Vincent Cassel and others.

Tickets to Zap Mama are $20 for Sun Valley Center for the Arts members, $25 for nonmembers and $5 for kids 12 and under. To purchase tickets, visit, call 726-9491 or stop by The Center in Ketchum.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. Please carpool, walk or ride a bike. Coolers and blankets are allowed, but no dogs, high-back chairs, cameras or recording devices. Pick up a picnic before the concert or buy food or drinks from local vendors onsite.

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