Muhsinah

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Muhsinah
Muhsinah 2012.jpg
Background information
Birth name Muhsinah Abdul-Karim
Also known as Sinah, The Golden Girl
Born (1983-07-20) July 20, 1983 (age 31)
Origin Washington, D.C., US
Genres R&B / Indie Pop
Occupations Singer/Songwriter, Record Producer, Composer, Arranger
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Synthesizers
Years active 2007-Present
Labels Unsigned
Associated acts Common, The Weeknd, Flying Lotus, Noisettes
Website www.muhsinah.com
Notable instruments
Moog Little Phatty, Moog Vogager, Novation X-Station

Muhsinah /mʊˈsnʊ/ is a Grammy nominated singer and producer, from Washington DC.

She cites Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Nirvana and Chopin as among her influences.

Musical career[edit]

A graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and of Howard University, Muhsinah's self-produced EP day.break 2.0 (2008) was described by XLR8R[1] magazine as "a beautiful smack in the face of mainstream hip-hop and R&B convention".

Though a small scale independent release, it attracted the attention of rappers Common as well as Phonte of Little Brother/The Foreign Exchange, both of whom she later recorded with, appearing on Common's Universal Mind Control and The Foreign Exchange's Leave It All Behind.

The Washington Post has written of her as being "part of a new breed of young soul rebels who seamlessly meld electronic beats with layers of jazzy arrangements and unorthodox song structure", and as "equally at home chopping loops and tapping pads on an Akai MPC as she is behind a piano keyboard".

Muhsinah was acknowledged by Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, on their website Dead Air Space on March 15, 2010[2] when he listed the song, "Lose My Fuse (Produced By Flying Lotus)" among his favorites at the time the post was published.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2009 Grammy Awards Best Urban/Alternative Performance Nominated

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album Title Label
2007 "day.break" (US) / "pre.lude" (JP) Rxlngr / Circulations
2008 "The Oscillations: Sine" Rxlngr - (Digital Only)
2009 "The Oscillations: Triangle" Rxlngr - (Digital Only)

Production[edit]

  • Ruff Drafts Volume 1 (Track: 3) - JapaNUBIA Musik 2006
  • Getback (Track: 6/7 Interlude ) - ABB 2007
  • day.break (Tracks: All) - Rxlngr 2007
  • pre.lude (Tracks: All) - Circulations 2008
  • Higher Ground (Track: 3) - Wayna Quiet Power Productions 2008
  • The Awakening (Track: 3) - JapaNUBIA Musik 2008
  • Border Breaker (Tracks: 1,3,5) - Ghetto Falsetto 2009
  • The Oscillations:Sine (Tracks: All) - Rxlngr 2009
  • The Oscillations:Triangle (Tracks: All except 2,4,5 & 7) - Rxlngr 2009

Guest Appearances[edit]

  • Ruff Drafts Volume 1 (Tracks: 3) - JapaNUBIA Musik 2006
  • I Predict A Riot (Tracks: 1 & 18) - Soulspasm Records, Inc. 2007
  • Cuba After Market (Tracks: 3 & 13 ) - Humble Monarch Music/Rawkus 50 2007
  • Producer No. 1 (Track: 7) - Fat City Records 2007
  • Suite903 No.15 (CD#2 Track: 16) - Fader Label 2007
  • Blunt Park Sessions (413) (Track: 2 ) - Rude Squire/Rawkus 50 2007
  • Higher Ground (Track: 3) - Quiet Power Productions 2008
  • Leave It All Behind (Tracks: 1, 5 & 10) - Hard Boiled 2008
  • Down To You 12" (Track: B1) - Planetgroove 2008
  • Universal Mind Control (Track: 7) - G.O.O.D/Geffen 2008
  • Arale 01 (Are In Be) - Arale.tv 2009
  • Odd Summer EP (Track: 8) - Oddisee Music 2009
  • Adroit Adventures 12" (Track: A2) - Ubiquity 2009
  • Kilawatt: V2 (Track: 1) - Kilawatt Music Limited 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rico Washington, "Muhsinah: Defying R&B" XLR8R, May 1, 2008|
  2. ^ www.radiohead.com

External links[edit]