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Songs from 'Ancestry in Progress'

The music of Zap Mama was once known for bringing pure, a capella sounds from Africa. But its latest CD, Ancestry in Progress, continues a move toward a global vision of soul.

Zap Mama's music has changed along with Marie Daulne, reflecting her time in Zaire, Belgium and Philadelphia. Vincent Soyez hide caption

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That evolution was marked by the move of Marie Daulne, the project's Zairian mastermind, from Europe to Philadelphia. She's been busy ever since, working with a variety of musicians, from hip-hop diva Erykah Badu to rappers Common and Talib Kweli.

Ancestry in Progress, Zap Mama's first album in five years, features those artists, along with members of Philadelphia's acclaimed band The Roots. Daulne says her new songs weave vocal styles from Africa and the East with sounds of the West.

NPR's Renee Montagne talks with Daulne about Zap Mama's fifth album.

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Ancestry in Progress

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Ancestry in Progress
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Zap Mama
Released
2004

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Adventures in Afropea

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Adventures in Afropea
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Zap Mama
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1993

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Adventures in Afropea, Vol. 1

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Adventures in Afropea, Vol. 1
Artist
Zap Mama
Label
Six Degrees
Released
1993

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