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A Ma Zone

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Iko-Iko
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Rafiki
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W’Hapy Mama
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Call Waiting
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Gissie
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Songe
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Kemmake
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Comment Ca Va
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Ya Solo
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My Own Zero
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M’Toto
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Gbo Mato
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Allo Allo
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Rafiki
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 54:38

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Still a great album, BUT

GranDiva

The two earlier reviews are correct, SORT OF. Their confusion is because they have the USA release of the album, and the album on this page is DIFFERENT. This is the European release, which has two additional tracks, one of which is a second version of Rafiki, and this version orders some of the tracks differently from the US CD release. Beyond that, yes, the album is outstanding, though it did take me a little bit to adjust to the presence of pitched instruments, since the group had been fairly purist about the a cappella approach on the first two discs. I highly recommend this title.

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one of my favorite albums...EVER

Neenah

this album is sssoooo wonderful. i'm so glad to see it available on emusic. i've had it for over 4 years and it's still in my car. get the whole thing---although Dirk is right the first 3 selections to not match the song titles. for example, the first track is not even on the actual album and sounds, as Dirk said, like some version of Rafiki. nevertheless, this album is awesome

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Allo Allo...?

DirkSimmons009F0299

Zap Mama is the best; but these titles are messed. Rafiki the first is Iko-Iko. Rafiki the next is Allo Allo. Rafiki the third is with Black Thought. W'Hapy Mama is the original Rafiki Like it or not. Three stars instead of five; The rest of the titles just don't jive.

They Say All Music Guide

Zap Mama’s last album was the first one to incorporate instrumental sounds into the group’s six-voice a cappella mix; it was also the first to include male voices. On A Ma Zone, group leader Marie Daulne has expanded the exploration of American R&B and hip-hop that she began with Seven. Breakbeats, jazzy upright bass, and turntable manipulation are now a part of the mix — a mix that was already rich with European and West African influences. “Gissie” draws most deeply on Daulne’s Central African Pygmy roots, with its call-and-response structure and her unearthly yodeling; “Rafiki,” which opens the album, is a collaboration with Black Thought (of the Roots) that segues beautifully into “W’Happy Mama,” on which Daulne shows off her own speed-rap flow (in French, of course). “‘Allo ‘Allo” and “Call Waiting” both hint at her ongoing obsession with the telephone, an instrument that she seems to find mildly repellent but can’t seem to ignore. Everything on this album is both complex and immediately accessible, simultaneously deeply funky and sweetly gentle. Very highly recommended. – Rick Anderson

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