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Release: Aug. 25, 2000
Zap Mama at Hancher kicks off 2000 Iowa Women's Music Festival Sept. 15
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will kick off
the 2000 Iowa Women's Music Festival with a performance by Luaka Bop recording
group Zap Mama at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.
Zap Mama founder and lead singer Marie Daulne -- who was born in Zaire and
took refuge with a pygmy tribe when war broke out there -- grew up in the
multi-ethnic culture of Brussels, Belgium. Her urban Afro-European music draws
on her own multi-racial, multi-cultural background and the rich variety of
musical experiences she has encountered in her life. And her lyrics run the
gamut from French to Swahili to Pygmy to Brooklyn slang.
A world-embracing combination of African roots music, hip-hop, bass-and-drums
dance music, jazz, Caribbean rhythms, blues, reggae, pop and soul, the Zap
Mama sound led one critic to comment, "For a world of cab-driving Qawwals,
gospel grannies gone on-line, Tibetan monks composing koans on Powerbooks,
a 75th floor in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Zap Mama provides the soundtrack."
Daulne says there is more to it than that. "A man in Mali told me that
there are seven senses," she says. Everyone has five, and some can use
the sixth, he told her. "But not everyone has the seventh. It is the
power to heal with music, calm with color, and soothe the sick soul with harmony.
He told me that I have this gift, and I know what I have to do with it."
After the first Zap Mama recording appeared in 1991, Sting, Peter Gabriel
and David Byrne competed to sign the new group to a recording contract, with
Byrne winning out for his Luaka Bop world music label. The group now has four
releases -- most recently "A Ma Zone," which appeared last winter.
Billboard magazine summarized, "Marie Daulne's soul music is as old
as the Sahara and fresh as the beats du jour." And Mirabella magazine
said that Zap Mama is "alive with starkly beautiful soul music that doesn't
require a degree in anthropology to groove to it."
Tickets for Zap Mama are $25, $22.50 and $20. UI students and senior citizens
qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to
UI students for $10. Tickets for young audience members 17 and younger are
Ticket-buyers may take advantage of volume discounts on most events in the
season. A simultaneous purchase of three to five events qualifies for a 15-percent
discount, and a simultaneous purchase of six or more events qualifies for
a 20-percent discount.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance
is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
(319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared
to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating,
hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for
people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
The corporate sponsors of the Zap Mama performance are Prairie Lights and
the Java House, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Learn more about Zap Mama on the World Wide Web at <http://www.luakabop.com/zap_mama>.
For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
-- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <email@example.com>.
The Iowa Women's Music festival will continue on Saturday, Sept. 16, with
performances in Lower City Park and Macbride Auditorium in UI Macbride Hall.
For further information, visit <http://www.prairievoices.net/>
on the World Wide Web, or address e-mail inquiries to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Or call Laurie at the UI Women's Resource and Action Center,