Maimouna Youssef Reminds Us To 'Live Love Shine'

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When life knocks you down, music is often just the thing you need to pick yourself back up. Following the release of her inspiring single "GPS," the always unpredictable and impactful Maimouna Youssef drops a revamped version of her tranquil track “Live Love Shine.” Parts of the tune previously appeared as both the intro and outro on the 2017 debut album from The Vintage Babies, her duo with DJ Dummy. The newly released version is a masterful and collaborative creation resulting from the genius of producers Eric Lau, Tall Black Guy, Daniel Crawford and Stro Elliot.

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The song begins and ends with a tribal-like chant, a beautifully-placed nod to Youssef's Native American roots. It’s as if the keys and layers of brilliant harmonies are summoning, stimulating and soothing the soul all at the same time. The vibe intensifies and by the time the beat drops, we’re captivated and Maimouna begins to speak directly to our spirit. In an angelic tone, she offers biblical instruction singing, “Wait on the Lord (Wait on the Lord) / Your time will come (Your time will come).” She continues to drop precious jewels of wisdom and insight, as the hopeful tone of her voice keeps us hanging on every word. In a world full of distractions and despair, Mumu’s timing is impeccable as she serves up an aural reminder of the true source of our strength.

Take a moment to restore your soul with Maimouna Youssef’s “Live Love Shine.” Fans still reeling from her riveting Tiny Desk Concert performance at NPR's headquarters can catch her live on the road at spot dates now through October.  She'll hit stages in Philly, Charlotte, Los Angeles, D.C. and New York City over the next few weeks, so be sure to head to her website to check the dates and grab your tickets.

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