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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 half price.

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 at <>.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial
(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 <>. For UI arts information, visit this new address -- -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <>.

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 <> on the World Wide Web, or address e-mail inquiries to <>. Or call Laurie at the UI Women's Resource and Action Center,
(319) 335-1486.