Thursday, 15 August 2013 23:42

Mariama - Mama's Feast

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The artwork for the cover of Mama's Feast is actually quite intriguing.

The illustration shows Mariama bare-shouldered, looking smolderingly behind her. It's also designed with creases so it looks like a very neatly opened wrapping paper, perhaps representing that now the contents are being revealed. A very clever touch as having successfully teased us in November 2012 with a video clip from her single 'Money', it's exciting to finally get to enjoy it in its entirety as part of her new four-track EP (released Aug 5 2013).

Mamas FeastMariama (Frida Mariama Touray) is a Swedish-born soul singer based in London who we've been keeping watchful eyes and ears on, and Mama's Feast, produced by Feng Bao, is Mariama's debut EP - and it's a delight.

Mama's Feast opens up with 'Help Me Out', soulfully smooth, beautifully written by Mariama (as are all songs on this EP) and with a balance that reminds me of Jill Scott.

Track two, 'Money' is my personal favourite. Slightly more funky than the other tracks on this EP, it's a real cracking tune, and with a gratifying beat, but the abrupt ending continually forces me to play the track again... and this is a good thing!

Track three 'My Only King' feels rhythmically African-inspired, mixed with a jazzy soul. Listen to the live version below to give you a clearer image of her super-fine soul voice and lyrical ability. 

The final track is the semi-acoustic 'Unity'. This a great track to bring with you if you are planning to purchase new home hi-fi. It should sound clear, warm and soulful, because that is exactly how this track was produced!

However, Mama's Feast is perhaps slightly incorrectly titled as this EP is more like a delicious starter of five-star quality, seasoned with carefully selected ingredients to leave you satisfied but despite all the succulent flavours, you are left eagerly awaiting Mariama's next course...

Mama's Feast reveals a Scandinavian Soul singer who's come out of the covers, shown what she can do, and it's time to take notice.

We certainly have and you should too.

Scandinavian Soul rating: A tasty 4 out of 5

Andy Collins

I'm a South Londoner now living in Sweden. I'm also a part-time DJ/ founder of Urbanlife Radio and co-founder of Scandinavian Soul. Music has always been my soundtrack to life and although I listen to everything, soul is always in my playlist.

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