A fresh blend between Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill, Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef is a seasoned Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and emcee whose lush spirit filled vocals could bring you to tears while still being able to spit raps with the top emcees in the game.. This young starlet has swapped musical licks with the likes of Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Nas, Dead Prez, Will Downing, Cody ChesnuTT, Martin Luther, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli. In addition, she has traveled world wide as a supporting vocalist for legends such as Lalah Hathaway, Zap Mama, The Roots and 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 international festivals and venues such as Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, South Africa’s Cape Town Jazz Festival and the legendary New Africa Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria.
As a teen, Maimouna co-founded the Hip Hop/ Jazz band, Crius B, and they released their first group album independently, which won the favor of Grammy Award winning producer James Poyser. They began recording together shortly thereafter. Their partnership served as a springboard for her first world tour with The Roots where she earned the alias “Mumu Fresh” for her ability to make everything “fresher” and her big screen debut in Dave Chappelle’s hip hop documentary “Block Party.” Mumu Fresh received her Grammy nomination with the Roots in 2007 for her contribution to their smash hit “Don’t Feel Right.”
Maimouna independently released her first solo EP entitled “Black Magic Woman” in the spring of 2011 and her first full-length solo album entitled, “The Blooming” in the fall of 2011. “The Blooming” received outstanding reviews from music lovers and critics world wide including the likes of Hip Hop historian Davey D who describes her as a “breath of fresh air”. The Blooming also found itself amongst The Washington Post’s “Top 5 best albums in 2011” list.
And way to spread word, the lead single, “I Got A Man” produced by Hip Hop icon, DJ Jazzy Jeff, was chosen as the theme music for the BET original movie “Being Mary Jane” starring Gabrielle Union and featured on VH1’s reality series Love and Hip Hop in Atlanta.
Maimouna’s relentless work ethic and unparalleled artistic versatility has landed her features and honorable mentions in top industry publicationss such as Upscale, Rolling Stone, Essence, and Vibe. Maimouna is a rare talent. She is definitely not new to the stage or recording booth but her work, as a solo artist, has just begun. Mumu Fresh IS an Experience, and certainly on the rise.