martes, 30 de diciembre de 2008

Miriam Chemmoss

The trade routes that link the East-Coast of Africa to the Arabian Peninsula and to Europe represent a cross-fertilization of cultures and a metaphor for the multi-faceted singer and songwriter, Miriam Chemmoss. Miriam was raised in a potent brew of East-African, Middle-Eastern, and European cultures. She spent her formative years between Kenya, Tanzania, Europe and now the US where she came to college in the late 90's. Miriam received classical training in music, and performed at solo and choral competitions as a youth; helping her develop into the disciplined artist she is today. In 2004, Miriam moved to New York City where she would develop her performance skills more as a member of “the Marvalletes Revue” under the direction of original Marvallete, Pam Darden, in a revival of the famous Motown girl group. A year later, she joined the legendary “Soukous Stars” band; experts at Congolese Rumba (Zaiko) (And winners of the 2004 International Reggae and World Music Awards). She carved out a role among the male veterans as the sole female voice on both harmony and lead vocals. In late 2006, she recorded her first commercial single “RUDI”. A Swahili love anthem which literally means, “come back”, “RUDI” is an enchanting classic and has been on top of the charts and countdowns of several radio stations in urban markets all over the world: BBC Radio(UK), SARFM (New York), VOICE OF AMERICA (Washington, DC), Hot 96 FM, KISS FM, CAPITOL FM (KENYA), SANYU FM (Uganda), GHANA CHOICE FM, amongst others. Her vibrant presence and star quality is evident on the video of the international hit “RUDI”. The video has been in rotation on MTV Base, EATV as well as many local and international TV stations since early 2007. As a result of the buzz from her single release; Miriam has been featured in several publications in the US and overseas. She has been called "The Queen of African Urban Music"- (Vibe Magazine, Sept 2007) and has received great reviews for her work from many other publications. When asked where she gets her inspiration, Miriam mentions her own life experiences as well as African singers as her namesake Miriam Makeba, Sade, Tshala Mwana, Angelique Kidjo, Brenda Fassie amongst other influences. As a performer, Miriam brings an eccentric and sultry stage presence. Her music beautifully blends; Afro-funk, Reggae, R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, Rumba and Zouk- giving her a wide musical audience. Her self-expression as well as her rich cultural background is a breath of fresh air, much needed in the evolving music industry of today. Miriam Chemmoss is currently hitting the road, sharing her music and supporting a range of causes she is passionate about; such as the plight of AIDS orphans in AFRICA, Quality EDUCATION, PEACE and HOPE for those affected by war and other disasters. When she is not performing she is in the studio completing her debut album.

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