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Maimouna Youssef – Mumu Fresh

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

Mumu Fresh (also known as Maimouna Youssef) is a GRAMMY-Nominated, Indigenous Music award winning, Musical Ambassador for the US, elected Governor of The DC Chapter of The Recording Academy & an Ambassador of The Black Music Collective.

Mumu Fresh’s musical background is very diverse and expansive ranging from Jazz, Gospel, Spirituals, traditional African & traditional Indigenous music - to Hip Hop, Soul, Rock and experimental acapella fusion. Maimouna has a passion for activism and community service; she has donated much of her time and platform to increased awareness & education around race and gender inequity, environmental justice and independence for artists.

Maimouna has served as a mentor for several Grammy U affiliated young aspiring artists. In 2020, she founded her own online music education platform called “Muniversity Studies” to teach aspiring artists how to reimagine the music business and thrive independently with purpose. Mumu Fresh is quickly becoming known as an independent music mogul for her generation.

Mumu Fresh is committed to ‘Art Activism’. She is a global citizen, musical healer, cultural philanthropist, and a community pillar. Her partnership with 20 Million Women Strong (We Speak Dance & Planet Restoration!) features the "DANCE DAUGHTER" Official Earth Day music video.

She has performed within the US prison system; also, before the Congressional Black Caucus, the I.M.A.N. Central in Chicago, and The W. K. Kellogg Foundation - bringing awareness to important social issues. In 2020, she was asked to lend her soulful voice to the ESPYs tribute to Black Lives because WE Matter. In 2021, Maimouna partnered with AFROPUNK x Netflix to illuminate and celebrate Black women; and was the voice behind the ACLU Systematic Equality campaign.

Mumu Fresh also has performed live to sold out audiences, in renowned venues around the world; electrifying stages alongside countless musical giants such as Common, The Roots, Sting, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Billy Ray Cyrus, MC Lyte, Brandy, Femi Kuti, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Raphael Saadiq, Nas, Burna Boy, the National Symphony Orchestra and Dave Chappelle. She’s rocked stages at acclaimed music festivals including the Essence Music Festival, Global Citizen, and SXSW; and in historical institutions such as The Kennedy Center. Her soul-stirring performances stole the show at the 2019 Black Girls Rock Awards, and at the Black Music Honors Awards of 2019 and 2021.

While touring 6 of the 7 continents, Maimouna Youssef/Mumu Fresh has built a relationship with over 200K engaged fans on social media who have shared and streamed her music millions of times in at least 92 countries throughout the world.

She has released 2 solo LPs, 2 group LPs, 1 solo EPs, 1 Mixtape, and countless singles and features with super producers such as Dj Jazzy Jeff, DJ Dummy & 9th Wonder.

Some of her other standout moments in 2020 include her contribution to Salaam Remi’s album Black On Purpose, along with their single “EMOGs” which surpassed 2 million streams on Spotify alone upon release. Additionally, her viral feature on Tobe Nwigwe’s song “Tundah Fiyah” from their album “Cincoriginals” immediately surpassed one 1 million views on Instagram on its released day.

Mumu Fresh’s latest 2022 LP Vintage Babies II: Queen Of Culture, debut the world premiere music-video movie WORK OF A RAP GOD (Filmed By T.L. Benton & Mumu Fresh & Dj Dummy); a combination of the fresh singles “Rap God” and “Work”. The splendid visuals and re-educational cultural concept complimented the elevated verses: (RAP GOD) “I’ll make you rewrite your verses… I made you feel insecure, made you change your line up on your tour… Don’t be nice now, turn the lights down, slow dancing with my rifle… I’m about to eat till there ain’t no more of ya, I’m humble”; and (WORK) “I was black when black wasn’t the trend, I was too black for you new blacks to let me in”. According to the music-filmography disclaimer “**No wack rappers were hurt in the making of this film”.

For 2023, there’s a re-release of her debut 2017 LP - now updated titled Maimouna Youssef, DJ Dummy & Mumu Fresh: Vintage Babies - featuring “Run Away”, “Shine Your Light”, “Say My Name” (an ode to Sandra Bland) and “Good Fight”.

Mumu Fresh’s music and philanthropic endeavors have been featured in publications such as Variety, Ebony, Essence, BET NPR, Al-Jazeera, Afro Punk & more.

Hailed as a national and international critically acclaimed Afro-Indigenous singer/emcee/songwriter, activist, workshop facilitator and audio engineer, Maimouna Mumu Fresh Youssef has been categorized a “quadruple threat” by The Roots’ Black Thought and “groundbreaking” by Oscar-winning artist, Common.

Earlier this year, Mumu Fresh was awarded The MusicianShip 35th Annual WAMMIE AWARDS 2023 Hitmaker Award; an award show aimed at recognizing DC, MD, and VA area artists and musicians for their artistic works and impact across the region.

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