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Mariama Whyte is a dynamic vocalist, songwriter, actress and producer from Cleveland, OH. She recently performed with legendary producer David Foster, who chose her as a semi-finalist for his national talent search. She has performed in the Broadway national tours of The Color Purple (covering the starring roles of “Celie” and “Nettie,” and the female ensemble) and The Lion King (covering the starring roles of “Rafiki” and “Shenzi”). As a young child, Mariama was immersed in music and performance--studying voice, acting, piano and violin and served as the concertmaster of her high school orchestra for two years. It was clear to her early on that music would be an integral part of her life and has since become a great performer and profound songwriter. Born to a Jamaican father and an African-American mother, Mariama absorbed the sounds of soul, pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop and reggae and blends these styles into her music. She brings a fresh sound she describes as “contemporary R&B with splashes of world and rock music,” evidenced in her newly released single, “Didn’t Mean to Do It” available for digital download at online music stores. Influenced by countless pop icons, Mariama delivers passion and heart in her music and performance. Equally vibrant on stage and behind the scenes, she also dreams of writing for other artists, movies and plays. Mariama is a young woman of undeniable skill, talent and exceptional artistry, a rare gem. With beautiful, unique melodies, versatile music, an empowering message and a distinct voice of pure range and power, Mariama Whyte is destined to flourish as an innovative and prominent artist.