The first song on Mapumba's debut album, Mimi, resonates with a warm feeling of gratitude and devotion to making music.
Beyond the meaning of the Swahili words, this highly streamed song has continued to touch many hearts, years after the album's release.
Mapumba is a singer-songwriter, music producer, and a wellbeing advocate. He is passionate about sharing musical experiences and content that elevate and connect with people. He has continually recreated his brand and sound over the years to offer a cross of folk and Afropop styles that touches on blues, Soul, and dance genres.
Now based in Cape Town, Mapumba was born in Kolwezi in the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He grew up listening to legendary artists like Papa Wemba and Tshala Muana whose music continues to influence his songwriting and setlists. Other singer-songwriters such as Miriam Makeba, Tracy Chapman, and Bill Withers add to his signature ‘south meets north’ blend of soulful music.