Powerhouse vocals and an electric stage presence aren’t the only things to set apart 26 year old singer Mariame Hasni. Mariame is of Cree (First Nations) heritage, and sings of the joys and challenges she faces (on tracks like “Native,” that incorporates First Nations sounds into the mix). Dubbed the “Cree Rihanna” by the Quebec Cree communities of James Bay, Mariame has been touring the communities of the territory since she was 13. On May 26, 2016, the single mother of two took her musical career to the next level by releasing her first album, Bloom.
Mariame is the first artist signed to brand new label, N’we Jinan. What started as a music education program within the Cree communities, N’we Jinan is now a partnership between founder/music educator David Hodges, and Joshua Iserhoff, the Youth Grand Chief of the Cree Natiion Youth Council and the Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association (CNACA). Mariame first came to their attention as part of this program, and won the organization’s Rising Star award in 2013. “You are born with something that separates you from the rest. When I first heard Mariame, she had that,” says Hodges. It is Hodges hope that with the release of Bloom, N’we Jinan can be a part of a bigger picture goal to develop the arts in the Cree communities.” I believe there is so much room for career development and sustainability for the arts in the First Nation communities.” Releasing Bloom is more than a business endeavor for Mariame as well, “it means so much to me for my kids to look up to me and to see me strive for what I love.” With deeply personal and inspirational lyrics Mariame has turned adversity into artistry and in many ways her exciting journey has only just begun.
- Headliner at Aboriginal Music Week 2015
- "As Long As You Are Here" Song reaches #1 on National Aboriginal Music Countdown and is picked by by SiriusXM.
- Headliner at Aboriginal Pavilion at Pan Am Games in Toronto.
- Top 20 CBC's artists to look for in 2016.
- Opener for Buffy Sainte-Marie at the Banff Centre in 2016.
- 2017 Best New Artist for Bloom
"Now You Know It" from Bloom
"Electric" from Bloom