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ARTIST BIO:

Just as the career of certain painters, Marie Daulne's life encompasses various periods.

Even if originally the ensemble Zap Mama succeeded worldwide as a female polyphonic quintet, the Belgian singer with Congolese origins totally changed configuration of the band by approaching the rap, American soul, jazz and pop music styles.

  • The daughter of a Belgian and a Congolese, Marie Daulne was born in East Zaire. Marie only had been born a few days when, during the Congo crisis, the Simba rebels killed her father. Marie and her family were flown to Belgium the native country of their father.
  • At home, the Congolese culture remained present through traditional songs which her mother and sisters sang together.
  • The loving Belgian family of her father provided liturgical music and Walloon popular songs.
  • From early adolescence, Marie trains in track and field athletics.
  • 1983: The Hip-hop culture arrived in Europe. Marie went body and soul into the movement. Marie's diligent training in athletics was gradually replaced by rehearsals in acrobatic choreography, graffiti (Street Art) and beatbox.
  • 1984: Marie leaves family home and discovers her artistic personality. She begins her studies at “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels” (La Cambre), at the same time attending lessons for modern dance and spending time developing choreography at the School of the Circus.
  • Marie swings between music and visual arts.
  • 1987: Marie starts studying jazz in Antwerp.
  • 1989: The a cappella quintet Zap Mama is created.
  • 1991: Marie signs with Belgian label "Crammed Disc" (Sony music).
  • 1992: David Byrne (from Talking Heads) signs Marie Daulne with his label "Luaka Bop" (Warner) in USA.
  • Zap Mama's music incorporates a myriad of sounds from around the world, but especially those of the
  • African Diaspora, mixed with Euro-American traditions.
  • Success grows. The five girls are required on all stages, including the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival (CH),
  • North Sea Jazz Festival (NL), Womad and Glastonbury (UK). In USA, the first Zap Mama
  • album is announced as the top seller of THE BILLBOARD TOP in The World Album category
  • and stays in the top for 21 weeks. This year, Marie with her brother Jean-Louis realizes
  • the music of movie "Métisse" by Mathieu Kassovitz. Marie improves beatbox, breakdance
  • and acrobatics by attending community of Parisian Circus artists.
  • 1994: GRAMMY AWARDS nomination for the Best World Music album. Zap Mama is invited
  • to perform with Neville Brothers, Al Jarreau and Bobby Mc Ferrin, and tours through the
  • USA to Japan and Europe. Zap Mama appears on numerous famous TV shows, French TV show "TARATATA", "LATER… with JOOLS HOLLAND", "THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW", "SESAME STREET”, BBC NEWS and ABC. Marie Daulne signs with producers to create and perform an arrangement for the COCA COLA advertisement, broadcasted worldwide for the upcoming Summer
  • Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996).
  • 1995: Marie becomes the front woman and lead vocalist of Zap Mama, her music
  • takes urban influences, no more a cappella. Marie collaborates with numerous
  • famous artists, BLACK THOUGHT and QUESTLOVE (The Roots), SPEECH
  • (Arrested Development) and MANU DIBANGO. Zap Mama starts her tour
  • singing and playing in the big concert halls all over the USA, "House Of Blues" in New Orleans, New York, "Hollywood Bowl" in Los Angeles and "Filmore Theatre" in San Francisco, the show is
  • often SOLD OUT. The tour lasts 4 years and continues in
  • Africa, Australia and Northern Europe.
  • 2000: Marie moves to New York where her career booms even more. Marie with composer Hans ZIMMER and producer Tom CRUISE works on a soundtrack for the Hollywood movie
  • "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II".
  • Marie records the album "SUPERMOON" with star musicians in New York City:
  • David GILMORE, Meshell NDEGEOCELLO and many others, as well as Arno
  • and THE ROYAL OPERA CHILDREN CHOIR OF “LA MONNAIE” (Belgium’s National
  • Opera in Brussels). More intimate, the album summarizes the different
  • experiences of Zap Mama for the last 15 years.
  • 2000: Marie records in BRAZIL the album "ReCreation". G. LOVE is featured as a
  • guest for the single “Drifting” and the cover of the French song “Paroles, Paroles”
  • is recorded with Marie’s friend, French actor and star Vincent CASSEL.
  • 2010: Marie takes new challenge. She proclaims herself as "Afro-European Diva"
  • and sings suspended 10 meters above the ground in galas for the European
  • Union and "Best of Belgium" (biggest tennis exhibition match starring Serena
  • Williams and Kim Clijsters). Diva sings a repertoire of Anglophone, Francophone, Latin and African songs.
  • 2013: Mary completes the recordings for the 8th Zap Mama album entitled
  • ''FLASH TO THE PRESENT''.

Marie Daulne