Zap Mama Up Close & Personal
2010 NAACP Image Nominee Zap Mama Talks with studioexpresso
Abour Her Positive Music Spin
Interview by Claris Dodge
41st NAACP Image
Awards air live Friday, February 26 on FOX.
This year, in the category of Outstanding World Music Album
Zap Mama's ReCreation is nominated. studioexpresso
spotlighted this album in August 2007. Though producer, singer,
songwriter and humanitarian Marie Daulne aka Zap Mama makes Brussels
(Belgium) home, her music belongs to the world.
"My early childhood was filled with the music of my mother,
the music of the Congo," she says. Her mission is loud and
clear in her 2009 album released on Heads Up International, a division
of Concord Music Group ReCreation (HUCD 3159): Positive Force of
music inspired by nature and history aiming to crack the happiness
code. Got your attention yet?! Rooted in a rich Brazilian vibe,
ReCreation also boasts a guest list of
high-profile vocalists including Bilal, G. Love, actor Vincent Cassel
and several others. You might say Marie Daulne thinks like an Olympic
athlete. A sport injury changed life of a young runner who turned
the downtime into a learning opportunity. "A new direction
unfolded for me. Since I couldn't run, I decided to get my hands
on any and every book on African and European art and history. I
thought about what I would do
after I'm 30. I traveled back to my homeland and learned about the
healing and connecting nature of music. Soon, voices were talking
to me. Voices
from the earth... from mother or "mama." Fast forward
20-years and Daulne is celebrating a multicultural musical entity
she has created, the Afropean vocalist and songwriter knows as Zap
"I couldn't play an instrument, so I had to learn how to make
the music I was hearing in my head. I started with my vocals. Just
singing in polyphony. It made me think of how the poor can accomplish
happiness and togetherness with bare basics. So I learned to communicate
my music and merged it with a philosophy of respecting nature, connecting
to people and finding happiness," Daulne says. "Take Villabe
singing for instance --The African or Arabic world know the secret
I learned it from the Blue Men or nomads in Touareg (the Savanna
desert near central and North Africa).
I learned from Animists and how they heal people
oral tradition," she adds.
T Bone Burnett
Wins Golden Globe, Meryl Streep's Admiration
Music For The Weary Kind (theme from Crazy Heart)
Award winner producer T
Bone Burnett (Joseph Henry Burnett) who is also nominated for
a BAFTA Award walked with the Hollywood Foreign Press' prize in
the Best Song category for his work with Austin's Ryan
Bingham on the theme song
from Crazy Heart, "The Weary Kind."
And that probably
would have been the highlight of Burnett's night, too, had Meryl
Streep, upon winning her award as the Best Actress in a Musical
or Comedy, not announced to the world that she wanted to change
her "name to T Bone. T Bone Streep." Congratulations T-Bone!
Burnett is the
Executive Producer of the forthcoming television series, Tough Trade,
and is also creating original compositions and recordings for the
series. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, along with
Elvis Costello in the category of Best Original Song for The
Scarlet Tide from the film, Cold Mountain. For his work on
that film, Burnett also earned the BAFTAs Anthony Asquith
Award for Achievement in Film Music.
Australian artist Lucky
Valentine is a kick. His music is techno pop arrangemenets
of familiar tunes with a genre-bending twist and rap influences.
At times, LV sounds more American or Brit that an Aussie export,
but what we love the most is the freedom present in his musical
landscape that wraps around witty, and at times, humerous lyrics
that tell a story about youth, drugs, dreams, being broke, disfunctionality
and love. Managed by SOS' Shannon O'Shea, Lucky Valentine just might
Jankel who received a BAFTA nomination for the score for
the movie Sex
and Drugs and Rock and Roll.
The movie is a dramatic reenactment portrayal of Ian Dury's (Blockheads)
life up until 1984 when we wrote a song called Spasticus Autisticus.
BBC chose the song for the year of the disabled. "...A gross
injustice occurred that year when the BBC banned this song which
was really a war cry for the disabled.....the BBC thought it was
Ian discrediting the disabled when in fact he was doing the opposite.........the
movie focuses on Ian's fractured relationships and includes the
time when we met and started writing together......both the actor
who plays Ian, Andy Serkis (whose body movements were tracked for
the cgi used to create gollam in lord of the rings and also for
king kong) are nominated. "He is really awesome as Ian,"
says keyboardist/composer Jankel (one of the original Blockheads)
who knew Ian in person and is awestruck by the authenticity of Mr
Serkis' performance. Chaz says he feels extremely blessed to have
been nominated as 40% of the score are blockhead songs and the rest
is music he composed. He says the new production company added their
touch. Jankel recently has completed his new album and one for R&B
chanteuse, China Souls. He has also signed a publishing deal with
BMG International for a co-write on the new Robbie Williams (huge
in UK and Europe) CD. "So hopefully some interesting collabs
will emerge from this album," says Chaz. S&D&R&R
Playing at UK theatres from FRIDAY 26 JANUARY. Go see if you haven't
Popular scoring composer Bear McCreary has mastered the new soundtrack
album for the videogame "Dark Void" at Bernie Grundman
Mastering with engineer Patricia Sullivan Fourstar and music co-producer
Steve Kaplan. The composer explores new musical soundscapes with
his score for the project developed by Airtight Games.
Sessions were completed in Sullivan's entirely remodeled new studio
at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Speaker and room voicing were completed
by BGM chief technician Beno May.
In McCreary's new "Dark Void" score, he further explores
his distinctive and inventive mix of full orchestra, vocals, rock,
world-beats and synth, creating a sonic experience that stimulates
beyond the typical game score. McCreary explains, "The game's
strong narrative structure is what made it such a joy to write music
for. There's a good story that required multiple character themes
and musical development along the lines of my work on "Terminator:
The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and "Battlestar Galactica."
Dark Void's story centers around a cargo pilot named William Augustus
Grey, who crashes in the Bermuda Triangle. From there, he is teleported
to a parallel universe where he encounters other humans, called
Survivors. Together, Will and the survivors must battle an alien
race known as the Watchers to return to Earth.
McCreary is currently scoring "Caprica," the highly anticipated
"Galactica" prequel and FOX's new comic-book action series
"Human Target." He also scores NBC's medical drama "Trauma"
and SyFy Channel's hit series "Eureka."
METAlliance Academy Presents "In Session with The Guys"
Listen up music
lovers...this is a prime opportunity to get up close and personal
with "The Guys," the seven pro audio masters in music
-- Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, Ed Cherney, Phil Ramone, George
Massenberg, Chuck AInlay and Frank Filipetti.
will participate in four sessions, each designed to provide different
experiences in the recording process led by the founding members
for a price tag of $2495.00
here's how to
sign up: http://metalliance.com/academy/program.php
Weber's (Nancy Wilson, Michael McDonald, Etta James), innovative
concepts are now the operational foundations for two independent
labels, Pennys Gang Records and 44-4 Records, distributed
by Fontana (Universal) with more labels to come. Most recently,
he was named President of both labels. He co-founded and programmed
Studio M, a nationwide broadcast television network that utilized
their growing 28,000 music video library to broadcast multiple genre
based music video shows. It was on the air seven days a week, for
five hours a day to an estimated audience of thirty million homes.
Studios welcome new studio manager Jane Scobie while Candace
Stewart returns to her new home at East West Studios, the historic
studios on 6000 Sunset Blvd (previously Ocean Way).
Summing Up New Marty Stuart Recording
To suggest that Marty
Stuart's forthcoming album, Ghost Train, is a return to his
roots, is nonsense, as he is one country singer/songwriter that
has never strayed far from those roots. Even Stuart's string of
commercial hits in the 1990s were less about calculating hooks than
they were about the affections of a fickle public - affections that
shifted for a time toward authentic country. Stuart cut his teeth
backing the likes of Lester Flatt, Doc Watson, and Johnny Cash.
Ghost Train is a return to his roots, not
in its content, but in its process.
Stuart and longtime engineer Mick Conley went into legendary RCA
Studio B, which is now literally a museum, to cut the tracks in
the very first room that Stuart ever recorded in, back in the early
1970s, when he was playing with Lester Flatt. To highlight that
beautiful recording in the mixdown process, Conley turned to a TUBE-TECH
SSA2B summing amplifier as the final stage in an otherwise in-the-box
Cubase 5 mix.
In the 1960s and 1970s, historic RCA Studio B turned out recordings
for Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, and Elvis Presley, along with hundreds
other artists. Incidentally, it was also the same studio where Stuart's
wife, Connie Smith, recorded her first tracks. RCA Studio B is now
used by the Country Music Hall of Fame for tours and by lucky Belmont
University students for analog recording classes. Conley had access
to a wealth of Studio B's vintage analog gear, including a centerpiece
API console, and produced a magical recording with it. "Going
in there was a little bit nerve-wracking for me," admitted
Conley. "I mean, I know the history of the place - many of
the most famous albums in the world were made there.
So I had a reason to be nervous!"
Conley took the recording back to Paul Martin's Clubhouse at Inlight
Studios, north of Nashville, where he and Stuart had taken over
a control room that, until they arrived, had never been completed.
As has been his recent M.O., Conley mixed mostly "in the box,"
but his recent Grammy-nominated recording for Kathy Mattea and the
process used to create some of his other favorite contemporary recordings
suggested that getting at least some of it "out of the box"
was a good idea. With Mattea, he mixed everything through a Neve
console. But the new little studio didn't come with a Neve.
"It's getting harder for a lot of studios to justify spending
thousands of dollars on a good analog console," Conley said.
"Even when I have
access to one, I only use a portion of its capabilities. But Marty
both like tubes and transformers. We need some iron in our diet,
So we asked the good folks at TransAudio Group [TUBE-TECH's U.S.
distributor] to send us a demo TUBE-TECH SSA2B summing amp. I should
have known it would be like bringing a puppy home for a 'demo.'
There was no way we could send it back!"
He continued, "The first time Marty heard an A/B comparison
between a fully-in-the-box mix and one that had gone through the
TUBE-TECH, his one-word comment, full of depth and emotion, was
simply, 'Wow!' The difference is obvious. Every piece of gear can
go left and right, but with
the summing amp, I get front-to-back - true depth of field. I can
place instruments in three-dimensional space. I can hear full reverb
tails. The vocal sits there like magic, with everything else positioned
Marty says that you 'can hear down in the mix,' which I think is
a good description of what the SSA2B can do."
manufacturers of highly respected gear included: L.A. studio musician
and pro audio developer PETER MONTESSI of A
DESIGNS ; UK's Hi-end monitor manufacturer BEN LILLY of
LOUDSPEAKERS ; One of the brightest minds in handmade microphones
of our dayDAVID BOCK of BOCK
AUDIO; Blues Magoos drummer/engineer/pro audio designer
GEOFF DAKING of DAKING;
Creator of The new bridge between tape machines and DAWs
CHRIS ESTES of ENDLESS
ANALOG; Inventor/Producer GEORGE MASSENBURG (Lyle Lovett,
Aaron Neville, Dixie Chicks) of GML,
and boss man at Legendary all-tube recording equipment from Denmark,
JESPER B. NIELSEN of TUBE-TECH
Well done, James!
writing new material like she paints. "First I imagine the
image and treat sounds like brush strokes
the perspective or
the placement of instruments can change the view. I then add or
take off musical elements, until I'm happy with the image. Daulne
who is multi-linguist (French, Dutch Congolese and some Lingala
or Portuguese) explores melodies on the keyboards first. She has
gotten comfortable using ProTools. "I thank the guy who invented
Sometimes ideas come to me on the road or when I'm out shopping.
I used to record on my phone. Now, it's easier to capture it on
my computer and I get a much better sound quality," she says.
Daulne also likes to conduct workshops for other artists on how
to project stage energy combined with healing and oral tradition
teachings. She believes that when it comes to fashion or style,
understated elegance is ageless. "Arabic women like to cover
themselves so you uncover the internal beauty first. Style is a
personal choice. At the end of the day my music represents the real
world and I'm always very clear on what I want," says Daulne
who is proud of her NAACP nomination and representing her rich Afro
Zap Mama music is beautiful, inside and out. She's a positive force
in music today.
Cher and Christina Aguilera pose backstage in the press room at
the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly
Hills, CA Sunday, January 17, 2010, with T Bone Burnett and Ryan
Bingham, after winning the category BEST ORIGINAL SONG MOTION
PICTURE for "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)"
for Crazy Heart, Music By: Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
and Lyrics By: Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.
Chaz Jankel of
Serkis as Ian
Dury in Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
(L-R) at Bernie Grundman Mastering are co-producer Steve Kaplan,
mastering engineer Patricia Sullivan FourStar, and composer Bear
McCreary. Photo by David Goggin.
January 19, "Dark Void" was developed by Airtight Games
and published by Capcom for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft
It takes place
on March 20 & 21 in Hollywood at the historic studios
in the Capitol Records tower. "In Session with The Guys"
attendees will participate and interact with the METAlliance founders
in live recording and mixing sessions for the entire weekend. Amenities
include catered lunches, a special dinner provided by renowned Marino
Ristorante, and a special private party (for those who register
by February 19). Space is limited.
Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt in Studio A, Musicians TBA
Chuck Ainlay and Ed Cherney in Studio B, Musicians TBA
Elliot Scheiner in Studio C
"In the Box" home studio mixing with Frank Filipetti and
George Massenburg in the Studio A lounge.
Stuart and Conley
also produce a weekly half-hour show aptly titled "The Marty
Stuart Show," on the RFD network. Their new TUBE-TECH SSA2B
summing amp makes a big difference there as well. "TV is really
said Conley simply. "With the data compression and dynamics
manipulation used in broadcast it is even more important to try
to achieve as much separation as possible. With the new summing
amp, the greater depth of field keeps things from wadding up in
the center, the way they otherwise do. The end result is greater
great success of their new SSA2B and his long-time love of the classic
TUBE-TECH CL1B compressor, Conley is excited to demo some other
'puppies'. Next on his list is the SMC2B multiband compressor. "I
have an upcoming recording with Connie Smith," he said. "Like
a lot of singers, she has a range in her voice that is quite resonant
and static EQ isn't the best solution for it. But, I have a hunch
that the SMC2B will control it and leave everything sounding nicer
His parting words for the SSA2B summing amp? "Some might say
that it looks kind of simple because it has no blinky-blinky-flashy
this or that. But, that's the real beauty of its design. There are
no buttons to push, and yet it has a more profound effect on the
mix than a rack full of buttons."
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