Mariama shares some Grains of Wisdom in her new video

Mariama was born in Sierra Leone but raised in Germany. ‘Love, Sweat And Tears’ is her second album and is inspired by her travels throughout Europe and Africa as well as various recent professional and personal encounters. Part of an ongoing search for artistic freedom and independence, the record’s fourteen songs create one of the most beautiful sonic excursions into the Soul of global Folk and the electronic energy of modern R&B.

The title is self-explanatory and delivers on all fronts. She muses on this and other subjects via her lyrics, while musically her songs shift from soft and melancholic melodies to vibrant, danceable songs that encompass acoustic Soul-Folk and electronic R&B. "One night, the title ‘Love, Sweat AndTears’ came to me, stood out and went on to guide me through this adventure. I knew that I had to stay true to this inner vision,” she explains, comparing the process of working on this self-produced album with Manuel Schlindwein as her co-director to creating a sculpture from a block of marble: step by step, without rushing, laying bare the essentials.

   

Mariama muses on this and other subjects via her lyrics, while musically her songs shift from soft and melancholic melodies to vibrant, danceable songs that encompass acoustic Soul-Folk and electronicR&B. "One night, the title ‘Love, Sweat And Tears’ came to me, stood out and went on to guide me through this adventure. I knew that I had to stay true to this inner vision,” she continues, comparing the process of working on this self-produced album with Manuel Schlindwein as her co-director to creating a sculpture from a block of marble: step by step, without rushing, laying bare the essentials. Mariama is currently based in Paris and met most of the musicians who play on the album in the city, including drummer Georges Diémé (also a master of percussion instruments such as cajon, congas and udu), Abdoulaye Kouyaté (kora and guitar), Jean-Baptiste Soulard (keyboards and synthesizer), Wendy Milton (piano) and bassist Hilaire Penda (who has played on albums by Susheela Raman, Tony Allen, Salif Keita, Youssou N'dour and more).

Additional contributing musicians include guitarist Sékou Bembeya (a living legend of Guinean musical heritage and also known as Diamond Fingers), Ballaké Sissoko (kora), Vincent Ségal (cello), German singer Soufian Tsunami (featured on the song ‘Never Mind’) and Berlin based beat maker and pianist Jim Dunloop, who worked on two songs.

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