At some point during Marie Daulne's young life growing up in the Congo, her father was killed by rebels who were opposed to mixed race relations (Dauline's father was white, her mother black). Shortly after the murder of her father, Daulne and her family fled to Belgium--where they lived in relative peace until Daulne was old enough to leave the nest. During her rearing in Europe, Daulne became extremely interested in music, in particular the music of Africa. Soon she returned to the land where her father met his demise and uncovered an all encompassing love of African music. When she returned to Europe, she started blending African and Western music and ever since she has recorded and toured under the name Zap Mama.