Musical Activist, MC, Singer, Songwriter
Since receiving her Grammy nomination for her vocal contribution on The Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right” in 2007 for best rap song, singer, emcee, and songwriter Maimouna Youssef (aka Mumu Fresh) has been making waves in the indie music scene as a solo artist and is ready to take flight. Deemed “The Most Known Unknown” by EBONY Magazine, Maimouna has swapped musical licks with music giants such as Big Daddy Kane, Nas, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Dead Prez, Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Cody Chestnut, and more. While the Baltimore native made a name for herself locally with her jazz/hip-hop/funk/ band known as Cirius B, Maimouna earned her stripes as a world-class vocalist and emcee while touring with The Roots in 2006. Her musical endeavors were a springboard for her big screen debut in Dave Chappelle’s hip hop documentary “Block Party.”
She released her first Solo EP, ‘Black Magic Woman,’ in March of 2011, and her lauded, sonically ubiquitous first full length solo album, ‘The Blooming,’ in September of the same year. Maimouna’s latest project released in 2017, “Vintage Babies,” showcases 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’s live show performance takes you on a thrill ride through her many musical influences, spanning the far reaches of rock, jazz, vintage soul, pop, modern r&B, and rugged hip hop. Whether accompanied by acoustics or her very own three-to-eleven-piece band, Maimouna’s live show has moved audiences in the U.S. and the world over. With her magnetic charm, electrifying stage presence, and overpowering vocal ability, Maimouna proves that she has the staying power of a born-star and is guaranteed to convert any non-believer.
Maimouna Youssef is available for campus, festivals, concerts and community engagements throughout the world.
See Maimouna in action in her latest Music Video “Shine Your Light”