It’s been a big couple of years for singer-song writer-producer MAMA; she’s out in full force. To headlining shows from Shanghai to Nigeria in 2015, MAMA also performed at Berghain Halle for the Bobby Kolade Berlin Fashion Week show, Melt Festival, Glastonbury Festival, London Notting Hill Carnival, joined forces with Beats by Dre for the ‘Games before the Game’ World Cup German special and shortly afterwards Ellen Allien’s Bpitch Control released a collaborative album project by ‘ARGY & MAMA’ called ‘Dominonation’.
It’s not the first time her distinctive vocals have made news. Solomun’s remix of ‘Corporate Butcher’ by Tiefschwarz feat. MAMA was a huge hit on the charts in 2012. But there’s more. A string of House & Techno artists including Tiefschwarz, Catz & Dogz, Emanuel Satie, Argy, Hannah Holland, Simina Grigoriu, Ed Davenport, Black Loops, Bloody Mary have all featured the South Londoner with remixes from some of Electronic music’s biggest names; Paul Kalkbrenner, Hot Since 82, Kele Okereke, Pan Pot, Life & Death, Rampa, Alan Fitzpatrick, Jay Haze and more
MAMA is a stage stunner performing with a live drummer Ricardo Paffetti from Black Loops. Having Opened for Kele’s (Bloc party Frontman) European tour, her performance was described as ‘dripping with sensuality’, her tracks ‘admired for their sophisticated sultriness…dark, yet scorching, moody, yet danceable’ and her persona ‘an intriguingly sophisticated diva-in-waiting’.
MAMA LIVE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLrBUKBOsf0
But MAMA is not waiting. She dropped her first solo album 'Dreams of Liberty' in September 2014, and with it a seductive array of dark, delicious tracks all written and produced in her bedroom in Berlin during one of those bitter cold winters Berlin is known for. Although recorded within the confinement of a bedroom, the songs touch on her continuous search for varying forms of freedom: spiritual, geographic, sexual, and emotional. Contrary to its name though, Dreams of Liberty is anything but a happy, dreamy album. It is deep and shadowy; the songs are based on
MAMA’s personal experiences and the fear, obsessions, and triumphs in her surroundings.
Dreams of Liberty LP https://soundcloud.com/mama-1/sets/mama-dreams-of-liberty
Describing the sound and classifying it is no easy task. A unique concoction of, House, RnB, Techno and Trip Hop, one could perhaps call MAMA’s music ‘Tech-Hop’. This blend of genres all makes sense when she lists her influences: Dr Dre, Tricky, Massive Attack, Björk, Mary J Blige, The Smiths, Grace Jones and sounds of Acid House and UK Garage.
Her 2nd solo album is almost ready for release, with sophisticated slow burners and urgent showstoppers that expose her soul and drive deep into the listener's consciousness.
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