Anita Daulne

Anita Daulne, former singer of Zap Mama, author, arranger, composer, with Belgian and Congolese cultural backgrounds, has worked for many years in research on the oral traditions and especially polyphonic songs such as “Pygmies, Bantu, Masai, Zulu and so on. … “.

The vocal work of Zap Mama made her specialise in sounds called “Afropean vocal groups”. Her work has also been recognized throughout Europe and the USA. She travels throughout Europe to pass on her knowledge through courses, conferences and workshops.

Halfway between the Western and African world, Anita Daulne offers another approach to singing, taking us deep within our natural range to discover its colors, flavors and nuances.


Anita traces her cultural origins to the Congo and Belgium. For many years she has worked on the musical development of traditional songs, the contribution she has made to our western world and as a complement to modern European and American music.

For some time she has been exploring this world of sounds to extract specific lessons, in particular the essentials of different vocal practices around the world. This has come about through considerable work, which is now recognized throughout the world. At the same time she wished to share her excellence in musical research within the European and even the American sphere, where all too often ethnic music is considered inaccessible. Zap Mama CDs have well contributed to this intercultural approach.

Zap Mama is an ”Afro-pean” musical culture, a precise perfectly proportioned cross-fertilisation, which, while keeping its own ethnic flavour, blends with the modern. By raising awareness of traditional songs, this makes people become more aware of themselves and their relationship to this music and to reach out across the world. But we have gone further than this, with-up-to-the-present conferences and instruction periods relating to this work.

These show that songs throughout the world are accessible to anyone who loves, wishes to understand and share another culture, to discover other ways of thought, to laugh and live happily among others. Our work is a means to this.  It consists of teaching and celebrating this universe of music and promoting song techniques seldom or never known in western academies of music and by adapting such workplaces to place them within reach of everyone.

To do this Anita has travelled throughout North, South, East and West Africa; she has learnt, exchanged and shared information with griots or bards, Tuareg women, Dongons, Peulhs, Pygmies, Mangbetu, Zulus and others, simply to make the western world aware of some of its riches.  There are others, such as yodel, song and counterpoint, overlapping and call-and-response.

This work has had such success that even academies, conservatoires and universities have invited us to teach and explain. These include the UCE University in Birmingham, the University of San Diego in California, the Conservatory of Copenhagen, the School of Rhythm at Arhus in Denmark, the University of Leuven; also in Sweden and in classical choral societies in France and Belgium.



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