Born to African and Native American parents, Maimouna’s music is a rich tapestry of her cultural and musical heritage. From Native American folk music, to elements of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, deep blues, soul and songs of freedom, Maimouna Youssef is not your typical stage performer!
Since receiving her Grammy nomination for her vocal contribution on The Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right”, Maimouna has been making waves in the Indie music scene as a solo artist and is ready to take flight.
Deemed as “The most prolific young artist of her time” by MSNBC ’s Michael Eric Dyson and the most “ known, unknown artist in America ” by Ebony Magazine, Maimouna has worked with the best in the business; music giants such as Erykah Badu, Femi Kuti, Lauryn Hill, Robert Glasper, Bobby Mcferrin, Jill Scott, D’angelo, Aloe Blacc, Angelique Kidjo, Lalah Hathaway and many more.
Maimouna Youssef in Japan with Common
Maimouna has won the hearts of audiences worldwide at many renowned venues such as Denver’s Red Rocks Amphi theater, New York City’s legendary Carnegie and Radio City Music Halls and Washington DC’s, The Kennedy Center.
She has also performed at international festivals and venues such as London’s Jazz Café, the legendary New Africa Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, South Africa’s Cape Town Jazz Festival, the critically acclaimed Sun dance Film Festival, the Art of Cool Festival in Durham NC and the Capital Jazz Festival sea cruise.
MuMuFresh Tour Summer 2015
Maimouna’s unparalleled songwriting skills make her a force to be reckoned with. Her US release, “I Got a Man” was selected by BET as the theme song for their original movie “Being Mary Jane” starring Gabrielle Union .
Maimouna contributed vocals to the “ Nina Revisited ” soundtrack on the title track “Young Gifted and Black” featuring Lalah Hathaway and Common, produced by Robert Glasper and also performed at the Sundance Film festival for the premiere of the Nina Simone documentary “ What Happened, Miss Simone? ”
She is also the musical director for her family based acapella trio “Three Generations” that performs original adaptations of traditional Native American and African American songs and stories.
Maimouna is committed to the betterment of young people and as such facilitates youth workshops on social justice through art, innovative education, vocal technique, pitch training and songwriting.
“Sweetest Thing” Lauryn Hill cover by Maimouna Youssef
She directs her own youth choir, gives motivational lectures around the world, and mentors young people in her community. Maimouna has been awarded the title of “Artist of The Year ”, by the Washington DC based nonprofit organisation One Common Unity , for her dedication and commitment to empowering underserved youth.
Fresh from her soldout performance at London’s Jazz Cafe in June 2015, Maimouna is set to tour the US in August, Japan in September and return for a followup UK tour in November. Maimouna’s live show performance takes you on a captivating journey through her many musical influences, spanning the far reaches of rock, jazz, vintage soul and Native American folk.
Whether accompanied by acapella vocals or her full band, Maimouna’s magnetic charm, electrifying stage presence and powerful vocal ability, proves that she has the talent of a bornstar.
A new Maimouna Youssef album is set for release in 2016 and already has a starstudded line up, featuring collaborations with Bobby McFerrin, Femi Kuti, Robert Glasper, Common, Lalah Hathaway and Jill Scott.
Maimouna Youssef – “Stay”
Maimouna Youssef – “We’re Already Royal”
“I Got A Man” – Maimouna Youssef
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