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Grammy-nominated Zap Mama shot to fame as a polyphonic group in 1991 and now prepares to launch her 25th anniversary album.
Grammy-nominated Zap Mama shot to fame as a polyphonic group in 1991 and now prepares to launch her 25th anniversary album.
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Zap Mama and Antibalas (Photo:  Lisa Russell)
Zap Mama and Antibalas (Photo: Lisa Russell)

 It's 2015 and Zap Mama is embarking on her first US nationwide tour in six years and is finishing a new album with the help of YOU...her fans!

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Grammy-nominated Zap Mama started in 1989 after Marie Daulne returned from visiting her native Congo-Kinshasa to explore her roots and train in pygmy onomatopoeic vocal techniques.  Since then, she has experienced worldwide success with an ensemble of female polyphonic singers, inspired influences in American Hip Hop, Nu-Soul, Jazz and elements of Pop.

Since her first album in 1991, which began with an acapella group, Zap Mama has expanded and explored other music genres, collaborating with well known musical acts such as The Roots, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and others.

This year - 2015 - marks the 25th year of Zap Mama's influence on the world's music stage and with it, she celebrates the release of her new album. 

"I am very proud of what we have created," said Zap Mama  who is planning to release the album independently.  That means no label and no record deal.  And therefore a need for a strong social media team to ensure this album gets the exposure it deserves.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow Zap Mama to develop an effective promotion strategy by hiring a social media expert to begin crafting the release of her first single.  By working with an independent social media strategist, she will be given the creative freedom to share her music and gift creatively to those who care the most (her fans!) 

The perks give her fans the opportunity to become more directly involved with her and her music.  They include VIP tickets/backstage passes to the city of YOUR choice during her 2015 tour, pre-show sound check access, and even an opportunity to have her produce your next track!

Join us by making a donation and sharing this campaign with your friends.

(Video Credit:  Aron Mandelbaum)

Zap Mama and Antibalas (Photo:  Lisa Russell)
Zap Mama and Antibalas (Photo: Lisa Russell)

Risks and challenges

Completing and distributing a new album for any artist these days is incredibly challenging. But with an international renowned artist like Zap Mama, who has enjoyed a 25-year long career as a global phenomenon, she just needs the help of a social media expert who can bring her vision of reaching her fans to life. Zap Mama is close to finalizing an album that was recorded over many years in different locations and she will kick it off with the launch of a new single.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Digital download of a new single from Zap Mama's new album "Eclectic", plus a social media thank you from Zap Mama herself.

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    Advance digital download of Zap Mama's new studio album "Eclectic" - 1 Week Before Album Release. Plus a social media thank you from Zap Mama herself.

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    Ever seen Zap Mama perform with small empty alcohol bottles that she uses as an adapted ocarina? She will buy and send you one of her lightly decorated "Zap Bottles" that she uses to perform with.

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    Be one of the first to hear Zap Mama's new album "Eclectic". Participate in an exclusive Google Hangout where Zap Mama herself will host a listening session. One month before the album's official release, you will have the opportunity to hear Zap Mama herself talk about the inspiration behind the songs and the album.

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    Receive within two days of your donation, a 15-second personalized recorded message from Zap Mama. Create a ringtone from her acapella song recorded for you, send a surprise birthday greeting to a friend, etc. Send us your request and she'll send back a mp3 rights free recording.

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    *** BEST GIFT FOR ANY ZAP MAMA FAN (OR YOURSELF) *** Handwritten, signed lyrics for ANY Zap Mama song you wish-Zap Mama will sign it/dedicate it to anyone you'd like.

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    Zap Mama Tour Package - you and a friend will join Zap Mama at the show of your choice (must coincide with the 2015 Zap Mama/Antibalas Tour). All travel, accommodations are on you, but we will provide the following: 2 VIP tickets and Pre-Show "hang" passes - you show up, take photos with Zap Mama and the band and can hang for soundcheck. Limited tickets in each city. First come, first serve. Check zapmama.com for tour schedule.

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    45 minute online chat or vocal lesson with Zap Mama. Ask her about her upcoming shows, share with her your idea or your song. Or get a full vocal lesson where you can learn her polyphonic techniques. You get her undivided attention by Skype or Google Chat for an entire 45 minutes.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Zap Mama Tour Package - you and 3 friends will join Zap Mama at the show of your choice. All travel, accommodations are on you, but we will provide the following: 4 VIP tickets and Pre-Show "hang" passes - you show up, you can take photos wtih Zap Mama and the band, you can hang for soundcheck. Personal "thank you" from stage. Limited tickets per city. First come, first serve. Check zapmama.com for tour schedule.

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    Zap Mama will provide personal feedback on your own music or art project. You send her your work in progress and she will provide two hours of undivided attention to give un-credited production consultation on lyrics, composition, visual art or any other creative aspects of your project.

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    FOR ALL ASPIRING MUSICIANS! Zap Mama will produce a track with you (uncredited). You will receive six four-hour allotments over a month to help you produce your next song.

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