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Mondo.NYC Showcase Artist



New York

October 15, 2022 at 12:00:00 AM

Arlene's Grocery

Wednesday Live Stream

MuMu grew up on New York's Upper West Side in a house bursting with women (so much so that her family nicknamed it "The Brothel") and found early guidance in spangled pop stars who made her feel less alone in a home rife with addiction and mental illness. She began writing songs at age nine but was too shy to perform them. Instead, she whispered them to her goldfish and hid scraps of lyrics in the lining of the couch. Songwriting gave MuMu a sense of agency she severely lacked, even if she wasn’t ready to share them. After studying performing arts in school, MuMu began acting for television, film and Broadway before deciding that she needed to tell her own stories. In 2018, she began collaborating with music producer Jamie Lawrence, who helped craft her 2018 anthem “Free the Nip.” The video for that single has racked up more than a million views on YouTube. MuMu continues working with Lawrence tackling everything from women’s sexual satisfaction (in “Ladies First,” the sultry titular track from her 2019 EP), to never-ending political bullshit (in the rollicking “Battle Cry.”) More recently, MuMu worked on the groundbreaking film “Best Summer Ever” in which she’s credited as head songwriter and starred as lead antagonist. Embracing one’s body, women’s rights and other themes related to sexuality and gender run throughout MuMu’s music, mostly due to her activist godmother who spent her life advocating for children’s rights. MuMu discloses, “She gave me this power I wasn’t getting anywhere else. She taught me the importance of using my voice for change.” And use it she does! From abortion rights to hookups, from sparkling highs to soul-wrenching lows, MuMu finds inspiration in all facets of life. Still, she doesn’t just want to challenge people with her music, she wants to inspire, uplift, move. “Women are sometimes confusing, and they're complicated. My music is a window into that experience. But it’s also fun…it's pop. And if the message is too much for someone at that time, hopefully, they can just dance.”

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