THE BLACK MADONNA
The Black Madonna is Marea Stamper: a Kentucky-born, Chicago-schooled and now London-based DJ and producer whose intuitive knowledge of electronic music and how to make people dance has been gleaned across four decades of multifarious dance music subcultures. She cut her teeth DJ’ing in the deep South, built a passionate following as chief booker and resident at Chicago’s legendary nightlife institution Smart Bar and made her mark globally with hugely anticipated sets around the world and a series of top quality productions.
Marea entered last year as Mixmag’s ‘DJ of the Year’ – an accolade that reflected her ascendency to modern dance music icon status following years of much talked-about underground club shows. Meanwhile, last year also saw The Black Madonna playing some of the biggest shows of her journey so far. Her thirteen week, sold out residency at London’s XOYO was an early highlight, accompanied by a carefully-curated line up of legends, innovators, originators and new talent (including Derrick May, Derrick Carter, Midland, Heidi, Denis Sulta, Ben UFO, Gilles Peterson, Job Jobse and Rahaan) amongst others. In May, she curated a stage at the hugely respected Nuits Sonores festival, bringing Optimo, Honey Dijon and Derrick Carter to Lyon, France. Meanwhile she performed the coveted closing set at this year’s Sonar Festival in Barcelona, bringing the festival to a close as the sun rose above fifteen thousand partygoers.
The Black Madonna closed the year hosting three legendary ‘We Still Believe’ all night long parties in New York, Los Angeles and London. These events are celebratory spaces in which various genres of dance music are embraced, with performers and dancers collaborating in what is truly an engaging and welcoming event. She takes her We Still Believe residency across the world this year, collecting on the way an enormous avid and diverse swell of support.
And all this without mentioning the epic, drama-filled 10 minute paean to the dancefloor that is ‘He Is The Voice I Hear’ – a track that was released last year and has grown in legend ever since to become The Black Madonna’s furthest-reaching release so far