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Artist: [Zap Mama]
Label: [Luaka Bop]
Released: [1997]

7, released in 1997 on [Luaka Bop Records], is considered to be Zap Mama's first attempt at [pop music]. It does, indeed, tackle many pop music styles: [reggae], [funk], [hip-hop], [rhythm and blues|r n' b], and [jazz]. It melds these with the a cappela sound Zap Mama had been known for on their previous two albums, [Adventures in Afropea, Vol. 1], and [Sabsylma].

Instead of using a core band of musicians, [Marie Daulne] employed a good number of musicians, and used a shifting line-up, accounting for the wide variety of styles found on the album. This would make this album more of a "project album," but [who's counting?] The line up for this album, then, is:

Zap Mama (Marie Dualne): [lead vocals]
[U-Roy]: [vocals]
Marie Dualne: [percussion], vocals, [didgeridoo], [guimbri], [kashishi]
[Jean-Louis Daulne]: [electric bass|bass], [vocal trumpet], [vocal breath], [sound effects] ([telephone] sound)
[Michael Franti]: vocals
[Charlie Hunter]: [harmonica]
[David James]: [electric guitar|guitar]
[Sabine Kabongo]: vocals
[Yannick Fonderie]: [hammond organ], emu
[Carl Young]: bass, keyboards
[Anthony Groeger|Anthony Gröger]: [cello], [piano]
[Anita Daulne]: cello, vocals
[Angelique Willkie]: vocals
[Bilou Doneux]: [drum kit|drums]
[Sthephane Galland|Stéphane Galland]: percussion, drums, vocals
[Michel Hatzidjordju]: bass, guimbri
[Watanga Rema]: vocals
[Hans Francken]: piano
[Michael Hatzidjordju]: bass
[Sidiki]: kashishi
[Vincent Pierens]: [double bass]
[Otti Van der Werf]: guimbri
[Quental Kesia|Quental Késïa]: vocals
[Chander Sardjoe]: [tabla]
[Bruno Meeus]: drums
[Luk Michiels]: bass
[Mama Camberlin]: vocals
[Fatimata Wallett]: vocals
[Bachir]: [rap]
[Amanou]: guitar
[Tom Van Stiphour]: guitar
[Bernadette Aningi]: vocals
The songs:
  1. [Belgo Zairoise|Belgo Zaîroise] - (M. Dualne)
  2. [Nostalgie Amoureuse] - (M. Dualne/A. Willkie)
  3. [African Sunset] - (A. Mnyandu)
  4. [Poetry Man] - (P. Snow)
  5. [Telephone|Téléphone] - (M. Dualne/C. Kankonda)
  6. [New World] - (M. Yusuf/U-Roy/M. Dualne)
  7. [Baba Hooker] - (M. Dualne/M. Franti)
  8. [Illoi|Illoï] - (M. Dualne)
  9. [Jogging A Tombouctou|Jogging À Tombouctou] - (M. Dualne/M. Yusuf/S. Kabango/M. Camberlin/F. Wallett)
  10. [Timidity] - (M. Dualne/S. Kabongo/[A Horse, A Bucket, and a Spoon])
  11. [Elie Buma] - (M. Dualne/M. Yusuf)
  12. [Warmth] - (M. Dualne/A. Willkie)
  13. [Damn Your Eyes] - (B. Wyrick/S. Bogard)