US-Based Kenyan Singer and Actress, Miriam Chemmoss, speaks out on her Afrimma nomination
27 May 2014
AFRICAN MUZIK MAGAZINE AWARDS (AFRIMMA) is the sole award ceremony in the Diaspora that is trying to cater for the African music market by appreciating the diversity of the music industry by bringing together influential african artists within the continent and abroad catering to all musical genres.
Some of well known local artists including Sauti Sol, STL, Bahati and Octopizzo were honoured with nominations but standing out for most people is little known multi-talented US based artist Miriam Chemmoss who hails from Kenya; She spent her formative years between Tanzania and Kenya where she was steeped in a potent brew of her family’s diverse African, European and Middle-Eastern cultural heritage.
"I'm very ecstatic and truly grateful to be included among such awesome African talent. Some of the nominees in my category are my own personal favorites, like Nneka and Stella Mwangi. It's an honor. I'm also very excited about the possibilities for the African Entertainment Industry. If we get it right this year, there's only more amazing stuff to come in the future. I wish all nominees the best even after the event!" shared an enthusiastic Miriam with Mdundo.
Drawing her musical inspiration from life experiences, regional and global issues, as well as African singers such as her namesake Miriam Makeba, Sade, Tshala Mwana, Angelique Kidjo and Brenda Fassie, among others; She has Over the last two years, recorded a new album and is currently planning to release her second one.
"My music much like my cultural heritage, its a fusion of many sounds; it beautifully blends Afro-pop, Reggae, R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, Rumba and Soukous, and this gives me a wide musical audience i believe"
When Miriam is not performing on stage, in films or recording music, she’s writing a motivational book series and advocating holistic wellness, environmental responsibility and peaceful co-existence via her websites, videos and blogs. Miriam’s unique self-expression, multiple talents, as well as her rich cultural background are a much needed breath of fresh air in the evolving African/Diaspora film and music industry.
You can download some of her music by following the link below.