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A female a cappella quintet on its first two CDs, Zap Mama has become, on 7, group founder Marie Daulne and whomever she chooses to work with, which for the first time includes a rhythm section and male vocalists, including Spearhead’s Michael Franti and Jamaican toaster U Roy. The group has previously warbled African, European, Middle Eastern, and Australian Aboriginal melodies while always emphasizing scatting and complex multilingual harmonies. Now Daulne is incorporating R&B and reggaewith mixed results. Her renditions of Phoebe Snow and Etta James are overly stiff, but cuts using Jamaican riddims, Cameroonian guitar, French rapping, and a few vocal tricks less gimmicky than Bobby McFerrin’s are sassy and soulful. At 7:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (Steve Kiviat)