Mawa Keita is a Guinean American music artist that finds great purpose in living a productive and creative life. By day, she uses her talents in technology to help improve patient care at a community health center in Brooklyn. By night, its anything and everything music related.
Mawa does not believe in limiting herself. If there is a way to obtain what she wants, she goes for it. "The trick is good planning," she said, in a recent interview with OMN7, "really, we can have what we have been dreaming about right now. There is no reason to wait when all it takes is hard work and encouraging friends."
Ever since her move to New York from Houston, TX, in August, Mawa has been working nonstop. Her latest single, "September," is an ode to her favorite month of the year; her birth month. "I had a lot of health issues growing up, so it's important for me to celebrate my health and happiness."
"September" is an introduction to the sounds that surround the west African culture Mawa comes from. A mix of French and English verses; afro-percussion and pop melodies with a twist of Houston swag. "September" reverberates a sound that could only be achieved by teaming up with Houston producer, Bruce Bang.
Growing up, the sounds that filled the house gave way to the unique sound that Mawa creates in the studio. Her inspirations were artists like Salif Keita, Sade, and Oumou Sangare, Whitney Houston, the list goes on. "I love all music. Especially the kind of music that can move people to feel something. I try to make that type of powerful music."
Mawa takes the creative process very seriously. As a producer and engineer, she is involved in every step of the creation process. Being able to present projects made entirely by her own hands is the most gratifying feeling for Mawa. "I am already living the life I wished for. Sure, I work fulltime, but its good work that I do because it helps people; and in exchange, I can afford to invest in my art." We can definitely appreciate Mawa's work ethic and expect that working fulltime will become optional for her very soon.
In the next year, Mawa plans to release a full length album inspired by her experiences in Brooklyn. "With the mentors I have gained recently, I am so excited to grow my career in ways that I did not think was possible right now." Mawa will be releasing previews of her upcoming album throughout the coming months. She has also been approached by other artists and managers for licenses to some of her original works, so she has her work cut out for her.
Keep an ear out for one of Mawa's songs which are starting to catch the digital and radio waves. A rising star that does it all; and we have front row tickets to her journey to greatness.