AFRICA400/HandRadio.org was joined on Wednesday, March 17th, 2-3 pm EST with special guest and international indigenous artist Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh.
Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh is a Grammy-nominated singer, emcee, songwriter, activist, mentor, and workshop facilitator making waves in the international Indie music scene evolving from the historical musical trajectory of Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone.
The Baltimore native began singing indigenous and African songs at the age of four - but it wasn't until she turned 16 that she pursued a musical career. Coming from a heritage of Choctaw, African American, and Muslim faith, Maimouna was born into a family of exceptional artists deeply rooted in healing, spirituality, and activism.
Watch Mumu Fresh on NPR Music 'Tiny Desk' Series
The resulting genre-spanning musical style is one that seamlessly marries her various influences with spiritually infused, often socially conscious lyrics. If you want proof check out her 2018 NPR Tiny Desk featuring her alter rap ego Mumu Fresh or her social justice anthem to the Mothers of the Black Lives Movement with her 2019 Black Girls Rock performance, “Say My Name’.
And if that was not enough vibe to her latest 2021 revolutionary collaboration of ‘Tunday Fiyah’, a continued call for social justice.