Mapei (musician)

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Mapei at Way Out West in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2014
Mapei at Way Out West in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2014
Background information
Birth nameJacqueline Mapei Cummings
Born (1983-12-20) December 20, 1983 (age 38)
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
OriginStockholm, Sweden
GenresIndie pop, hip hop, hip hop soul
Years active2009–present

Jacqueline Mapei Cummings (born December 20, 1983), is a Swedish-American recording artist best known for her single "Don't Wait", which was released via Downtown Records in 2013. Her debut EP, The Cocoa Butter Diaries, was released in 2009 also via Downtown Records. Her debut album, Hey Hey, was released September 23, 2014.


Early life[edit]

Mapei was born in Providence, Rhode Island, but moved before she turned ten years old.[1] She began splitting her time between America and Sweden after her Liberian mother and Swedish stepfather moved to Stockholm, living in Stockholm during the school year and returning to America for the summers.[2] She moved to Brooklyn at age eighteen, working as a bartender in a Swedish restaurant in New York's Chinatown neighborhood.[2] She stayed for three years, taking in the local scene for a period before deciding to return to Sweden and immerse herself in Stockholm's pop scene.[3]

The Cocoa Butter Diaries (2009–2012)[edit]

Mapei released her debut EP as a rapper on Downtown Records in 2009. After the release of The Cocoa Butter Diaries, Mapei began work on her debut album with French electronic duo Justice. However, she was not happy with the final result, and decided to scrap the record. After realizing that she was hitting a wall creatively, she came to the conclusion that she wanted to start singing, telling W: "I was just out there freestyling without writing any songs ... I needed to find some inspiration."[1] She spent the following years traveling, which led to extend stays in Tunisia, Portugal, and Brazil.[1] After a particularly inspiring stint in Brazil, she decided to return to Stockholm and began working with producer Magnus Lidehäll.[2]

"Don't Wait" and Hey Hey (2013–present)[edit]

"Don't Wait" premiered on the website of the magazine The Fader in October 2013.[4] The track went viral immediately, repeatedly reaching #1 on the Hype Machine charts.[5] It received universally positive reviews, with W declaring the song a "devilishly crafted piece of pop perfection" and Vogue praising it for possessing "catchy pop sensibility without falling into the trap of soft-edged lyricism."[1][6]

The song was remixed by a number of high-profile producers, including a very popular edit by Australian DJ Brynny, and others from Frankie Knuckles, Kingdom, and Giraffage.[2][7][8] A version featuring Chance the Rapper was released in March 2014.[9] A remix EP and a video for the original version of "Don't Wait" were released on April 1, 2014.[10] The song debuted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club chart in May 2014 at number 48.[11] The song also charted in UK's and Italy's Airplay Charts at number 173 and 88 respectively.

Mapei's released her second single "Change" on June 10, 2014, followed by "Believe" on August 18.[12][13] Her debut album Hey Hey was released September 23, 2014 and debuted at #29 on the Heatseeker chart.[14][15] Mapei performed "Don't Wait" on the Late Show with David Letterman on November 6, 2014.[16] She has cited Radiohead, Donna Summer, Irene Cara, Diana Ross, Missy Elliott, Brandy, Queens of the Stone Age, and Michael Jackson as influences.[5][17][18]

Her single "Million Ways to Live" was released in 2015.[19]

In 2019, she released her second album "Sensory Overload", with the Stockholm based record label Amuse. The album contains ten songs and was nominated for a Grammis, which is the Swedish equivalent of a Grammy Award.[20]



Year Album Peak positions
US Heat
2014 Hey Hey 35 29
2019 Sensory Overload
2021 Lullabies[22]
(with Timbuktu)


  • 2009: The Cocoa Butter Diaries
  • 2014: Don't Wait EP


As lead artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Club
2013 "Don't Wait" 43 88 117 27 Hey Hey
2014 "Change"

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Album
2018 "Feel About You"
(Silk City featuring Mapei)[27]
2022 "Time"
(Swedish House Mafia featuring Mapei)
Paradise Again


Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Don't Wait" 2014 Dori Oskowitz[10]
"Change" 2014 Philippe Grenade & Jarret Egan


  1. ^ a b c d Thale, Taea (November 21, 2013). "Don't Wait For Mapei". W Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Brown, Jacob (February 26, 2014). "With a New Remix of Mapei's Hit Single "Don't Wait," the Countdown to Her Summer Release Begins". Vogue. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. ^ "What's Next For Mapei, The Swedish Singer/Rapper Who Made One Of The Catchiest Indie Songs Of The Year". Pigeons & Planes. November 29, 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  4. ^ Zeichner, Naomi (October 3, 2013). "Stream: Mapei, "Don't Wait"". The Fader. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b Zafar, Aylin (November 27, 2013). "Meet Mapei, The Singer Out To Reinvent Modern Soul". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  6. ^ Brown, Jacob (November 19, 2013). "Vogue Radio: Our Song-a-Day Playlist for Fall". Vogue. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  7. ^ Dixon, Floyd (April 23, 2014). "Mapei: Don't Wait Frankie Knuckles/Eric Kuppers Director's Cut Club Mix". Lazer Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  8. ^ Beauchemin, Molly (November 5, 2013). "Mapei: "Don't Wait" / "Don't Wait" [Kingdom remix]". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  9. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (March 11, 2014). "Mapei Grabs Chance The Rapper for the Remix of Her Sweeping Love Tune "Don't Wait"". Complex. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  10. ^ a b Gordon, Jeremy (April 1, 2014). "Mapei Shares "Don't Wait" Video, Releases EP With Chance the Rapper Remix". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  11. ^ Trust, Gary (May 12, 2014). "Chart Highlights: Trey Songz Tops Rhythmic Songs With 'Na Na'". Billboard. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  12. ^ Hambro, Maya (June 11, 2014). "Mapei announces debut album Hey Hey, streams new track "Change"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Believe by Mapei on SoundCloud". SoundCloud. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  14. ^ "New Mix: The New Pornographers, Mapei, Moon Hooch And More". NPR Music. June 10, 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Heatseeker Albums: Oct 11, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  16. ^ Stern, Bradley (November 7, 2014). "Mapei Performs "Don't Wait" On 'Late Show With David Letterman': Watch". Idolator. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  17. ^ Lamphier, Jason (February 11, 2014). "The Young and the Restless: Mapei". Out. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  18. ^ Sheppard, Ferrari (June 10, 2014). "Interview: Mapei's Only Constant Is Change". The Fader. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Watch Mapei Empower in 'Million Ways to Live' / Ones To Watch". Ones To Watch. July 8, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  20. ^ "2020 Archives - Grammisgalan". 2019-12-10. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  21. ^ "Mapei discography". Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  22. ^ "Lullabies by Timbuktu & Mapei on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  23. ^ "Mapei - Don't Wait". Ultratop. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  24. ^ Mapei discography,
  25. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 236. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  26. ^ "Dance Club Songs: July 19, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  27. ^ Daramola, Israel (July 20, 2018). "Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – "Feel About You"". Spin. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  28. ^ "Silk City - Record Store Day". Retrieved 23 April 2019.