Artist Profiles: Mim Suleiman

Mim Suleiman was born in Zanzibar (Tanzania) and lived in Shangani (Stone Town) for most of her childhood, where she attended Tumekuja School. Mim appeared on TVZ in children’s programs back in the late 70s and early 80’s, but soon after her family moved to UK.

A few years later, Mim Suleiman started hearing streams of voices, rhythm and poetry coming out of herself while working as a technical teacher of metallurgy at the University of Birmingham (UK). With no musical background whatsoever, Mim Suleiman left her job to pursue her dream.

She has been described as a fiery singer who never fails to indulge her audience! She revels in her East African singing and percussion traditions, is a versatile vocalist and vibrant performer.

Mim Suleiman has played from Europe to Asia, but ironically rarely in Africa. Her music ranges from soul, blues, funk, house, jazz, rock and dance tracks, to her African heritage. She writes in English and Kiswahili (her native tongue) and sings in a variety of languages including Fula.

Mim’s reputation grew fast. She worked with Justin Adams and Juldeh Camarah on their “Tell No Lies” album. In 2009 she also performed at Glastonbury and WOMAD festivals (UK) as well as led workshops.


Tungi (2009)

Umbeya (2012)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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