Meet Mamakaffe – tuff minded lioness with a tender heart

Mamakaffe

22 nd July 2017:

With a new single Crazy World on the market and her debut album Slave nearly finished Ivory Coast reggae singer Mamakaffe is making her presence felt on the musical scene.

2017 looks set to be a breakout year for the petite dynamo who’s journey has taken her to Jamaica from her native Ivory Coast and currently to Paris where this new phase of her career is being launched.

Her new song Crazy World is already getting positive reviews from critics and music insiders. With the refugees crisis, impending military conflicts, environmental pollution, economic uncertainty and the rise of populism the song is a most timely musical statement. Singing, One day can be quiet, next day a riot, a just the world we are living in  Mamakaffe chants in a Burning Speares kind of melody over a bass heavy beat that is worth listening to.

Christened Emelie Legros she was born one half of a twin. Her family is a musical one of traditional drummers later becoming a professional group known as Doni Doni.

She opens up to the world confessing that the day she became aware of reggae music “it changed my life. So in 2007 she left Africa for Jamaica wanting to be close to the roots of the music. There she lived for nine years while being guided by luminaries such as Bongo Herman and Dean Fraser and also where she met her former road manager Ricardo Berry and current manager Roger Grant.

In between she travelled a triangular route Africa, Europe and Jamaica recording material and shooting videos. The result being releases Natural Girl, Afreeka Yaye, Fatambinira, Enemies of Jahstice and Beauty of Jah Plan.

Her manager Roger Grant is hands on on all the details of her career and along with his partner Benton Dunn in an outfit called 619 Entertainment Group also produces and cowrites material on Slave. This however is a partnership with Mamakaffe’s imprint Tuff Mind and Tender Heart  Records.

For the next year or more the focus is on the new singles the first being Crazy World and the promotion of Slave the album.

With what Mamakaffe has been through if this project becomes the success she is working on it to be, the saying  you can get it if you really want it will in her case prove prophetic.

Contact Roger Grant 1-2674076262 or 0033753430366.

Email: fiftymost50@gmail.com

      1. Crazy world final mix

17 Dec 2016:

Jimmy Cliff sang in one of his hits, “you can get it if you really want” which could be talking about Mamakaffe an Ivory Coast native who came to the shores of Jamaica in search of her dream.

In 2007 she stepped off the airplane in Montego Bay and went to see some friends in Belmont, Westmoreland and never looked back since. She however was not just on a visit but was here to sing reggae music, which she said “saved my life”.

Mamakaffe or Mariam Emilie Legros was born in Abidjan in Ivory Coast as one half of twin siblings with her brother. She shared a home with her parents and five more children and hers was a musical one where her household made up a group of traditional drummers.

Her parents were not well to do and she knows poverty and hunger but she always had music. She had around ten years of schooling and as survival dictates had to do odd jobs as well as play drums for money to get by.

The next phase of her life took her to two neighboring countries Senegal and Burkina Faso where she lived and worked. One of her elder brothers found his way to France and formed a drum group called Doni Doni. Lucky for Mariam he helped her to migrate to France and she joined the group and indulged her dream of playing music for a living.

In 1996 she began the journey as a singer. In 2000 her brother gave her the alias Mamakaffe because of her love for drinking coffee. She confesses that after hearing Bob Marley’s song Stir It Up, her life was changed forever. She decided from then, that reggae is the music she wanted to sing.

She left the Ivory Coast just before the outbreak of the civil war but says this was hard because so many people died. Mamakaffe says reggae music has been her constant companion through her struggles.

Deciding from 2007 to make Jamaica her permanent home and also being a Rasta she settled in Papine and set to work on her career. It was hard adjusting to the culture and for her the language barrier posed a significant challenge. She credits Bongo Herman as a mentor and one who put her in touch with a lot of people. She also earned a living by traveling back and forth to Europe to perform with Doni Doni and also as a solo act.

After seven years in Jamaica things are now looking up as she have assembled a team around her consisting of manager Roger Grant. Grant also produced two of her most popular singles.

As a result through the efforts of her management team she recently signed a distribution agreement for her label Tuff Mind Tender Heart with VP subsidiary VPAL to release her first EP Natural Girl. The EP features the title track as well as Beauty of Jah Plan featuring Hefla Nyah and two other tracks. Also her new single One Time (said you love me).

She also continues to build a name with many live appearances in Jamaica, Africa and Europe. Yes “you can get it if you really want”. Mamakaffe is living proof of this

With a new single Crazy World on the market and her debut album Slave nearly finished Ivory Coast reggae singer Mamakaffe is making her presence felt on the musical scene.

2017 looks set to be a breakout year for the petite dynamo who’s journey has taken her to Jamaica from her native Ivory Coast and currently to Paris where this new phase of her career is being launched.

 

MAMAKAFFE SHOWS:

– 2010: STING, with Bongo Herman

2012: Rebel Salute as a traditional drummer

– 2013: 24h Reggae, Ivory Coast with Rita Marley

Jamaica: Peter Tosh celebration, Bob Marley birthday, Dennis Brown

2014: New York at Manhattan TV show

-2014: West Africa tours: GHANA, BURKINA FASO, Ivory Coast, and Senegal.

-France: promotional EP

-Nomination BASS AWARDS in Ghana for the single: The Beauty of Jah Plan

-Emancipation Jubilees Ann Bay

– 2015: book for several different shows in Jamaica.

– 2016: Mamakaffe will be on promotional tours between Europe and Africa.

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