About

Biography

For her entire life Miriama has been on path of the musician/traveler. Her quest for music has brought her to five continents. Born and raised in the USA, she hit the road at 16 years and never looked back. The roots of her sound evolved from her worldwide travels. She studied with the world famous Karnatic music family Narayanan in India (Madras Music Academy) and in West Afrika (Gambia) with the Griot-Family Jobarteh. In every land she visited, the quest was to meet, collaborate and learn from local musicians and songwriters.

 Over the years, Mama Miriama has appeared at Festivals, Theatres, Clubs and events in USA, Mexico, Italy, Gambia, Senegal, France, Spain, Finland, India, UK, and Germany sharing stage and bill with musicians such as Manu Dibango, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Franti, Sousou and Maher Cissoko, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall, Phish, Laura Love Band, Soig Sibiril, Hymn for Her, Guru Guru and many other great artists.

In 2005 she relocated to Europe, working as sidewoman guitarist and singer with the inspirational Aruban singer/ songwriter, Wally Warning, the multi cultural world music outfit Jobarteh Kunda and other projects in varied genres; reggae, jazz, blues, and folk. She has appeared onstage in Germany, Austria, Italy and Senegal at international festivals including Reggae Chiemsee Festival, Woodstock Dornstadt ,Afrika Tage Vienna, Sunsplash Austria, Tollwood München, the legendary Finkenbach Festival, Bardentreffen Festival Nürmberg, Zugluft Festival Tirol,  Boukotte Festival in Bignona, Senegal. Dioloulou Festival, Jaliyah Festival, Abene and many more.

Since 2013, she founded The Groovy African Ladies Music School, (GALs) an entrepreneurial music education program for women and girls in Gambia and Senegal, West Africa  Her latest solo album, Far and Wide, was pre-released as a fundraiser for GALs. 

Miriama’s original musical concept developed from all the different cultural influences mixed with her American-born love of rocknroll, jazz and blues. 

Equally at home on small intimate stages and larger city and festival stages, Mama Miriama Band’s music has no cultural or musical boundaries.  

With her unique outlook on life, original style on many instruments including guitar, banjo, the West African kora, violin, and vocals, Miriama’s own compositions and songs touch the heart.