Mariama (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