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 shared stages with music giants such as Nas, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, D’angelo, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Dead Prez, Angelique Kidjo, Lalah Hathaway, Femi Kuti, Cody ChestnuTT, and more.
She 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 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 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 and Beverly Bond’s Black Girls Rock!
As a youth, the Baltimore native made a name for herself locally when her jazz/hip-hop/funk/ band known as Cirius B released their first album “Subversive Activity” in 2004. But as she became an adult, Maimouna earned her stripes as a world-class vocalist and emcee while touring with The Legendary Roots crew. Her musical endeavors were a springboard for her big screen debut in Dave Chapelle’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, “The Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh,” 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.