“To me music is the universe. I don’t know, it’s everything… The moment you release something it’s no longer yours in a way because everybody can make it their own.”

On a sunny afternoon in Paris during a short break from her summer tour, talented singer-songwriter Mariama took me to her apartment near the Metro Laumière in the 19th arrondissement. Born in Sierra Leone and raised in Cologne, Mariama says her rich multicultural background has contributed to the curiosity that fuels her music. “It’s because I wonder a lot, because I ask myself a lot of questions that I write songs.” After playing me an acoustic version of  “I Can’t Help Myself – Hard To Explain” in the courtyard, she lead us to the stunningly beautiful Parc des Buttes-Chaumont where nearby park goers were treated to an acoustic rendition of the title track to her newest EP, “Moments Like These.” Check out both performances in the video above and for more on Mariama, go to or





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