Rhythm is a dancer; it's a source of magic. It's also the focus of Supermoon by Zap Mama, fronted by Marie Daulne. On the Belgian group's sixth album, you can feel it everywhere.
Bongos, congas, shakers and other percussion instruments dominate the mix of a number of songs, which is a bit unusual for a group that usually puts Daulne's distinct, breathy voice front and centre.
Zap Mama's old pal Michael Franti appears on Hey Brotha, sounding like Wyclef over a strummed guitar and pounding reggae rhythm. While a few songs are beautiful enough, including the clap-happy choral Princess Kesia and the obviously Björk-inspired Moonray, none catch the ear or balance European and African aesthetics as successfully as their past work.