Supaman Releases New Video “Miracle” featuring Maimouna Youssef For Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

Many think that the movement at Standing Rock has come and gone, not knowing that was only a wake-up call to what is happening around the world! 

Indigenous people continue to lead the fight against big corporations who only wish to profit at the expense of the people’s well being in the fight for clean water. In 2017 Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas pulled together some amazing Indigenous artist on a song and video titled “Stand Up” (For Standing Rock) which went on to win an MTV VMA award which veteran Native emcee Supaman was a part of. The fight continues in this hard hitting visual masterpiece where Supaman teams up with Grammy nominated Maimouna Youssef from the Choctaw nation Grammy nominated violinist Luisa Bastidas  to inspire, educate, motivate, and encourage those still standing in the global fight to clean water.

Mega talented emcee Supaman who is known for infusing Native culture and hip hop culture in his music, says “the video for Miracle featuing Maimouna Youssef is much more than a Water is Life song. It holds so much more meaning and symbolism throughout, that the average viewer might miss. Right away you are presented with so many gems in the video. The opening scene is one of the most powerful which shows Indigenous women warriors standing on the front lines at Standing Rock to the women warriors dressed in the red elktooth dresses with war bonnets on, which are significant to Supaman’s people the Apsaalooke. The “red” gives tribute and awareness of the “Missing and murdered Indigenous women” as well. Supaman’s unapologetic verse flows over the self produced boom bap beat accompanied by the haunting violin sounds of Grammy award winning violinist Luisa Bastidas and paints a superb picture of family, unity, and prayer. Maimouna Youssef who was recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert with Black Thought and also featured on Sway in the Morning, delivers flawless harmonies on the hook and talks about “the spirit of the Ghost Dance……” a movement that was started in the 1800‘s by Paiute medicine man, Wovoka. This was a spiritual movement of dance promoting hope, unity, and peace amongst the people. In the video you see the beauty of this movement by the many different cultural dances uniting for the same cause. Maimouna displays her uncanny musical gifts of singing and rapping while taking us on an empowering unprecedented journey of resilience with her verse with lines like “we gave them liberty and they gave us slaughter, no land of the free, for my fore fathers”. 

All and all “Miracle” is a timely masterpiece which reminds us of and captures the resilient power and value of the Indigenous people. A voice that demands attention in this day and time. Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

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Maimouna Youssef (Mumu Fresh) Debuts NPR Tiny Desk Concert With Special Guest Black Thought

“Maimouna is a very special and unique artist.  From the first time I heard her I thought, man this woman is really going to impact music and do something groundbreaking that touches and moves people ”  Common

Since receiving a Grammy nomination for her vocal contributions to The Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right,” the Baltimore born and DC raised singer, emcee, songwriter, activist, musical healer and cultural philanthropist  Maimouna Youssef (AKA Mumu Fresh) has been making huge waves as both a solo and accompanying artist across a diverse spectrum of mediums.

Outside of her well developed relationship with The Roots (Mumu has traveled worldwide with the group; and also just finished a tour with Common), Mumu lent her vocals to DJ Jazzy Jeff’s group project Chasing Goosebumps and she also received a co-writing credit on Common’s “The Day Women Took Over” from his Black America Again LP.  Most recently she released a full length project, Vintage Babies, (2017) with producer DJ Dummy; who also serves as musical director for J. Cole and accompanies Mumu’s Tiny Desk performance as well.  Vintage Babies featured appearances from Common, TDE’s SIR & Malik Yusef. Later this year, Mumu will release a new project with Grammy Award Winning producer 9thWonder & The Soul Council entitled, Been Here Before, which will feature Rapsody & Musiq SoulChild among others.

Mumu has also branched out into film and television, lending an unforgettable performance on Dave Chappelle’s hip-hop documentary Block Party, making a cameo appearance in the 2017 hit movie Girls Trip and contributed soundtrack work to OWN Network’s Queen Sugar, “Contradiction’s Maze,”where she collaborated with Oddisee. Further, Mumu’s “Roll On Sista” has also been featured on a national advertising campaign from Ford Motor Company.

No stranger to the “Tiny Desk” stage, as she joined August Greene (Common, Karriem Riggins & Robert Glasper) in late February of this year for a performance that went viral, she kicks off her set with “Ink Pata,” this ode to powerful women and cultural ancestry pays homage to Native Americans spiritual rituals of old and spoke in the Lakota language and then transitions sublimely into “Miracle.” Say My Name” is a tribute to Sandra Bland and many other women whose voices dare to be heard and whose stories haunt us all until we remember their names.  The performance concludes by coming full circle, as Black Thought and Mumu premiere a new and still untitled track that was specifically written for Tiny Desk.  “It was a blessing getting to rock with someone near and dear to me” Thought commented.

“I’ve been a fan of the powerful work NPR has been doing for years and the Tiny Desk concert series has always secretly been on my bucket list” Mumu exclaimed.  “I actually wrote it on my vision board this past New Year’s Eve while I was making my new year’s resolutions, so this is a beautiful manifestation come true to be able to rock on the Tiny Desk stage with my partner DJ Dummy; not once but twice this year!  The icing on the cake, Black Thought is my special guest. Of all the people in the world, Black Thought, who happens to be one of the greatest lyricists on the planet and the first MC I had the honor of touring and becoming Grammy nominated with, happily agreed to be my special guest. The spirit was high in the room, the impact was felt and history was undeniably made. It’s a blessing that I’m forever grateful for.”

There’s so much on the horizon for Mumu Fresh and this unforgettable NPR Tiny Desk concert is just a chapter in her great adventure.

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