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⁣Maimouna Youssef, aka "Mumu Fresh'' is the keynote speaker for Friday Night’s "The Griot Session". The Griot is what we’ve termed our Friday night program ushering us into Saturday's “The Glow”. In fact, it was the music of Maimouna that inspired us to have a call to community on Friday night. 

 

We are releasing our stories into the atmosphere, leaning on each other to dispel shame and also standing tall before one another to bask in the shine of well deserved and long overdue praise for a collective job well done!  We are  owning our testimonies to overcome our testimonies. And Maimouna is leading the way as our storyteller.

 

Mumu Fresh is a GRAMMY-Nominated, Indigenous Music award-winning, Musical Ambassador for the US State Department, elected governor of The DC Chapter of The Recording Academy & an Ambassador of The Black Music Collective.

Ms. Youssef has toured internationally as a critically acclaimed Afro- Indigenous singer, Emcee, songwriter, activist, workshop facilitator and audio engineer who’s been called a “quadruple threat” by The Roots’ Black Thought and “groundbreaking” by Oscar-winning artist, Common. Maimouna has performed to sold-out audiences, in renowned venues around the world, electrifying stages alongside countless musical giants including 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. Her soul-stirring performances stole the show at the Black Girls Rock Awards 2019 and Black Music Honors 2019 and 2021. She’s rocked stages at acclaimed music festivals including the Essence Music Festival, Global Citizen, and SXSW. She’s now, rocking the stage and sharing in our conversation at Friday’s night The Griot for the One FIerce Women's Conference. 

 

Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef has a very diverse and expansive musical background 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. With a musical background and activist heart like this, she is perfect to usher in our conference on the first night.

 

 

In 2021, Maimouna partnered with AFROPUNK x Netflix to illuminate and celebrate Black women muses and was the voice behind the ACLU Systematic Equality campaign. In 2020, she was asked to lend her soulful voice to the ESPYs tribute to Black Lives because WE Matter. 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 in 2020. She hit the ground running in 2021 with her viral feature on Tobe Nwigwe’s song “Tundah Fiyah” from their album “Cincoriginals” which immediately surpassed one (1) million views on Instagram on release day.

Connect with MuMu Fresh

In addition to a dynamic, full, and impressive body of work an dperformances from the past, Mumu continues to blaze a trail in music and activism.  Maimouna recently landed a lead role in Black Thought’s upcoming Broadway musical “Black No More”, which will premiere in 2022.

 

Be sure to keep up with this fierce woman on her Instagram page here, and her gorgeous website here.  And, meet us at The Griot Friday Night Celebration for One Fierce Woman Conference Experience, May 2022.