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Born Freetown, Sierra Leone
Genres Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Soul, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2005 - present
Associated acts Adé Bantu, Curse, Patrice, Max Herre

Mariama (born in Freetown, Sierra Leone) is a Singer–Songwriter who currently lives in Paris, France. Her first name means 'Gods Gift'.


Mariama Jalloh was born in Sierra Leone, Freetown but at the age of one she moves to Germany, Bergisch Gladbach, the home of her mother. At sixteen, she begins to write her own songs which she sings to the sounds of her acoustic guitar. Two years later, she gains her first stage experiences by performing in a musical.[1]

Music career[edit]

Her first important career steps are all centered on the projects of Adé Bantu:[2] Brothers Keepers, Afrobeat Academy and Afropean Express. Starting in 2008, she works with the rapper Curse,[3][4] thereby taking part in the project "Diversidad European Urban Experience".[5] A year later she supports Max Herre on his tour for the album "Ein Geschenkter Tag".[6] In the same year she embarks on her solo career by releasing her first EP "Listen To Mariama". Mariama was chosen from over 300 bands as one of the nine talents who were supported by the Volkswagen Sound Foundation in 2009.[7] In 2010 she signs with the French label Cinq7 / Wagram Music and starts working on her first album "The Easy Way Out". However, the debut is finally recorded at RAK Studios, London, where she works with the production team Bacon & Quarmby, which has already produced with Ziggy Marley and Finley Quaye among other artists.[8][9]



  • Still Waiting/Fall In Love (2008)
  • Listen to Mariama (2009)
  • No Way (2013)
  • Moments Like These (2015)


  • "Easy Way Out" (2012)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1], Funkhaus Europa, Global Pop Lexikon, Mariama
  2. ^ [2] lebloc cologne, article 05/2014
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-20. Retrieved 2014-11-06.  afromagazin blog article 04/2009
  4. ^ [3] Curse tour review, 05/2009
  5. ^ [4], Facebook of The Diversidad Experience
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2014-11-06.  Curse-Forum, post from 11/2009
  7. ^ [5], Official Facebook Announcement 07/2009
  8. ^ [6], Official Homepage of Mariama, Biography
  9. ^ [7] NRW Kultursekreteriat Wuppertal, article 06/2014