Maimouna Youssef and Friends
Genre: Eclectic Soul & Hip Hop
Since receiving a Grammy nomination for her vocal contribution to The Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right” in 2007, the singer, emcee, and songwriter Maimouna Youssef aka MumuFresh has been making waves in the Indie music scene as a solo artist and is only just beginning. Mumu Fresh has traveled world wide as a supporting vocalist for legends such as Congolese Vocal Acapella group Zap Mama, Late night Jimmy Fallon’s band, The Roots and is currently on tour with Grammy & Oscar award winner, Common.
Maimouna has rocked the stages of many renowned venues such as Denver Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, New York City’s Legendary Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Kennedy Center, & Carter Barron Amphitheater, in Washington DC as well as national and international festivals and venues such as Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, South Africa’s Cape Town Jazz Festival, the legendary New Africa Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, Art of Cool Festival in Durham NC, The Capital Jazz Cruise, The Grammys Festival At Sea, and Beverly Bond’s Black Girls Rock! In 2016 she was elected to serve as a governor on the DC chapter of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Board.
She released her first Solo EP, ‘Black Magic Woman,’ independently in March of 2011, and her highly anticipated and widely praised first full length solo album, ‘The Blooming,’ in September of the same year. Maimouna’s 2014 project, “The Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh,” showcased her sharp rhyming skills as an emcee and her strong commitment to providing a balanced perspective on current social, racial, political, gender and class issues. Maimouna has three new projects scheduled to be released throughout 2017. Youssef is not just your typical stage performer. She facilitates workshops at conferences and learning institutions for youth on varying topics ranging from social justice through art, innovative education, vocal technique, ear training and songwriting to find one’s own unique sound. In November 2011, Maimouna was awarded the title of “Artist of The Year”, by the Washington DC based non-profit organization One Common Unity for her dedication and commitment to empowering underserved youth. Maimouna’s live performance takes you on a thrill ride through her many musical influences, spanning the far reaches of rock, jazz, vintage and acoustic soul, R&B, and rugged hip hop. Whether accompanied by acapella vocals only or her three-to-elevenpiece band, her magnetic charm, electrifying stage presence, and uniquely timeless vocal styling, proves that she has the staying power of a born-star and is guaranteed to convert any non-believer.
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