|Marema Fall from Dakar, Senegal|
Marema Fall is the new talent in Senegalese music. She was born in the Dakar suburbs to a Mauritanian father and a Senegalese mother. Her mother was a fan of Tracy Chapman, whose acoustic music joined young Marema in the cradle and would remain a key influence. Listening to Tracy's music made Marema decide to learn to play the guitar.
After graduating from the music school of the Maison de la Culture de Dakar in 2011, she began as a backing singer with leading Senegalese artists, including Didier Awadi, Yoro Ndiaye, Edu Bocandé, Metzo Djatah and Idrissa Diop. Meanwhile, she composed and wrote her own repertoire. Ivorian band leader and guitarist Mao Otayeck, known for his work with Alpha Blondy, Salif Keita, Tony Allen and Stevie Wonder, noticed her then and accompanied her in the production of her first solo recording.
Following the release of an initial single, "Femme d'affaires," in 2014 she won the Star Africa Sounds Jury Award, the Bema jury award and the prestigious Découvertes RFI award, enabling her to undertake a 15 countries tour. She was also nominated to the All Africa Music Awards in the "Best female artist in African inspirational music" category.
Marema’s music blends traditional influences with contemporary beats. Her borderless melodies touch upon African sounds as well as blues, pop and rock. Her repertory reflects her mixed identity. In "Femme d’affaires," the rock guitar meets the xalam, a popular string instrument in West Africa. In the song, Marena pays tribute to strong women who rely only upon themselves to move ahead. A talent urgently worth discovering.
no soundcloud pre-listen this time
as I didn't like to cut this live recording into separate tracks
MAREMA-20190817_MitAfrika Festival DE
setlist: 1.Alalu Aduna / 2.Dimbeuleunté / 3.Samba / 4.Beoeuley / 5.Initié / 6.Africa / 7.Marema Bayo Baye
rec.2019.Aug.17 MitAfrika Festival am Schokoladenmuseum, Köln
bc.2019.Aug.30, WDR, Radio COSMO - Live [former FunkHaus Europa]
Multi-media with Marema
- Marema's official twitter and facebook
- Winner of RFI Prix Découvertes 2014 - rfi [french]
- Introduction for the 2015 Africa Festival Würzburg - youtube
- My Friend [2016 acoustic] - youtube
- Femme d'affaires [2016 videoclip] - youtube
- Africa Festival 2017 [full concert] - ARTE Concert [available till 2019.Dec.31]
- Patriote [2019 videoclip] - youtube
2014: Femme d’affaires [single]
2014: Prix Découvertes EP [promo CDsingle]
2016: Initie [album, Mtg Prod]
2019: Patriote [?announced as album, but only found videoclip!? see above!]