(August 23, 2019) Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, MC, activist, philanthropist, and acclaimed Hip Hop artist Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh has a very busy summer and if fans are looking for new music, the wait is over! Today, Mumu Fresh in collaboration with Grammy-Award winning producer DJ Jazzy Jeff’s PLAYLIST Sessions release a single triad (three) that includes the songs “Bitterness,” “Let’s Eat,” and “Chasing Rainbows” for the latest installment of the Chasing Goosebumps series called The Healing. Mumu sings to your heart, yet speaks to your intellect while the words settle in your soul leaving you wanting more. It’s no wonder that her peers like Black Thought, Robert Glasper, Common, and more have all raved about her skills as an MC, singer, and performer.
“Each song is different and gives you a little hip hop, R&B, and funk…this music is not only meant to be heard but to be enjoyed,” states Mumu. “The topics range from the complexities of being a woman (love, relationships, respect) to the social and civil injustices that plague our community. All these things make up who I am and who I represent as a whole.”
Executive produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Healing is an introspective look at who Mumu Fresh is an artist, activist and most of all a woman. Handpicked by DJ Jazzy Jeff, the project features writers, musicians, and producers that include Grammy-Award winning writer-producer Carvin Haggins (Jill Scott, Ledisi, Tamia), Eric Roberson (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild,) Kenny Dope, Mac Ayres, Muhsinah, Terry Hunter and more, as well as writing from Mumu herself. Over the next two months, three more triads will be released culminating in the full release of this 12-song masterpiece.
Mumu Fresh is currently touring with rapper/actor Common on his “Let Love Tour,” which kicked off August 7th in Toronto and made stops in Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, DC, among others with the last three stops in Charlotte (tonight), Dallas (8/28), and Kansas City (8/29). Mumu also had an event-filled weekend performing in New Orleans celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival. As a multi-talented artist, Mumu has also shared the stage with countless icons including The Roots, Sting, Lala Hathaway, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Ed Sheeran, D’Angelo, Femi Kuti, Zap Mama, Bruno Mars, Nas, and Dave Chappelle among others. Concert goers can expect nothing but an exciting, fun and powerful performance from the DC native.
In addition, Mumu Fresh will take the stage at BET’s Black Girls Rock! Awards taping on August 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, honoring Angela Bassett, Ciara, Regina King, Debra Martin Chase, H.E.R. and Mothers of The Movement. Performers include India.Arie, Erykah Badu, Elle Varner, Ari Lenox, and more. The broadcast premiere airs on September 8 on BET.
More About Mumu Fresh:
Maimouna Youssef (also known as Mumu Fresh) is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, MC, activist and acclaimed Hip Hop artist who’s been called a “quadruple threat” by The Roots’ Black Thought and “groundbreaking” by Oscar-winning artist, Common. In 2018, Maimouna received international acclaim for featured performances on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series alongside Common, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins, Black Thought and DJ Dummy. NPR calls her “an abundantly gifted singer and emcee” with “multi-octave range and ferocious rap delivery.” Her stage show has been called a “unique” and “spiritual” experience, captivating audiences at world-famous venues around the globe: Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Sundance Film Festival, Jazz Café (London), Red Rocks Amphitheater (Denver), Central Park Summer Stage (New York), Rueben Dario National Theater (Nicaragua), The Recording Academy’s “Grammy Festival At Sea,” and New Africa Shrine (Lagos, Nigeria). In 2018, Mumu also became the voice of Ford Motor Company’s “Roll On” campaign celebrating Women of Color and was awarded the prestigious post of “Musical Ambassador” for The United States, traveling to Central America to support the rights of young women. With two solo independent albums to her credit (including the recent “Vintage Babies” with DJ Dummy)—and film credits including Queen Sugar, Being Mary Jane, Girls’ Trip and Dave Chappelle’s Block Party—Maimouna stands poised to be a true breakthrough artist in 2019. Maimouna’s work continues to establish her as a true Global Citizen, a musical healer, teacher, powerhouse performer, and community pillar.
More About The PLAYLIST:
The brainchild of award-winning DJ and producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, the PLAYLIST is a coalition of artists who are committed to preserving the integrity of music culture in an ever-changing industry landscape. In 2015, he started The PLAYLIST Retreat, a 4-day, invitation-only event that brings new and established artists together to inspire, motivate and fuel collaboration. The PLAYLIST Retreat is an incredible experience that aims to reinvigorate and educate attendees on all aspects of music creation, business, and personal development. After 4 successful retreats, PLAYLIST has become a movement that promotes authenticity in music and empowers artists to remain true to their craft.
In February 2017, Jeff launched PLAYLIST Sessions. During this unprecedented music-making event, a collective of PLAYLIST artists wrote, produced and recorded a full album entitled Chasing Goosebumps in seven days, documenting the entire process on Facebook Live. For each Session, DJ Jazzy Jeff invites a collective of musicians, singers, and songwriters to his home to make soul-bearing music with unhindered creativity. The artists are tasked with making emotional, purpose-driven music that reflects their truth. The PLAYLIST Sessions and the Chasing Goosebumps series disrupt the music business by placing creativity and collaboration ahead of commerce.