Multi-talented performing artist, Miriam Chemmoss hails from East-Africa. She
spent her formative years between Tanzania and Kenya where she was steeped
in a potent brew of her family’s diverse African, Middle-Eastern and European
As a teen, Miriam participated in theater and music programs in every school
she attended – 10 schools- as a result of frequent relocation due to her father’s
military career. It is this unusual background that would give Miriam the
discipline and confidence to take part in both solo and choral competitions
during national drama and music festivals in Kenya.
In the late 90’s, Miriam was awarded a full scholarship by Waldorf College,
a liberal arts school in Forest City, Iowa. She studied Theater/Music and
Communications (Print, Electronic and Digital Media); which prepared her well
for the competitive scene in Washington, DC, where she would later move to in
2001 upon graduation.
By 2002, Miriam had taken part in several regional theatrical shows in
Washington, DC, hosted her own Radio Show “Retrospect”, at Voice of
America Broadcasting Services, performed as a dancer on the Christmas Hit
“The Nutcracker” at The Kennedy Center, and had been featured in the CBS
hit Television series, “The District in 2003. Others include independent films
such as “Refuge”, “Mirrors”, “To Sleep With Anger”, amongst many others.
In 2004, Miriam moved to New York City to further her stage aspirations.
Shortly after, she landed numerous Off-Broadway shows, additional
independent films, worked as a Dramaturge with Disney Theatricals in New
York and Los Angeles, did supporting and lead roles on Television Pilots such
as “Bedford Diaries” and “Ya Maafrika”. Miriam’s full acting repertoire includes
Community and Regional Theater, Off-Broadway, Film, Television, Print, Radio,
Voice-overs and Webcasts.
While in New York City, Miriam was lucky to land many Print and Television
modeling jobs while honing her music performance skills as a member of “The
Marvalletes Revue”, under the direction of original Marvallete, Pam Darden,
in a revival of the famous Motown girl group. She toured with the “Marvalletes
Revue” and shared stages with legendary groups such as, “The Escorts”, “Kool
& The Gang”, “Soul Generations”, “Prime”, and “Blue Magic” amongst
others. In 2005, she joined the legendary “Soukous Stars” band; experts at
Congolese Rumba (And winners of the 2004 International Reggae and World
Music Awards). Here, she carved out a role among the male veterans as the
sole female voice on both harmony and lead vocals.
In late 2006, Miriam recorded her first commercial single “RUDI”. A Swahili
love anthem which literally means, “come back”, “RUDI” is an enchanting
classic and has been on top of the charts and countdowns of several radio
stations in urban markets all over the world: BBC Radio (UK), SARFM (New
York), VOICE OF AMERICA (Washington, DC), Hot 96 FM, KISS FM, CAPITAL
FM (KENYA), SANYU FM (Uganda), GHANA CHOICE FM, amongst many others.
As a performer, Miriam brings an eccentric and sultry stage presence. Her
vibrancy is evident on the video of the international hit “RUDI”. The video
was in rotation on MTV Base, EATV as well as many local and international
TV stations from early 2007 to mid 2008. As a result of the buzz from her
single release; Miriam has been featured in several publications in the US and
overseas. She has been called “The Queen of African Urban Music” – (Vibe
Magazine, Sept 2007) and has received great reviews for her work from many
other publications. When asked where she gets her inspiration, Miriam cites
her own life experiences as well as African singers as her namesake-Miriam
Makeba, Sade, Tshala Mwana, Angelique Kidjo, Brenda Fassie amongst other
After the great response of her single, “RUDI” in 2007 which earned her much
credit as a songwriter and singer, Miriam has over the past two years recorded
a whole new album and is currently planning her second and most important
release, later this summer.
Miriam’s music beautifully blends; Afro-pop, Reggae, R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul,
Rumba and Zouk – giving her a wide musical audience. When she is not
performing on stage, in films or recording music, she’s writing a motivational
book series, and advocating for HOLISTIC WELLNESS EDUCTATION
ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY, PEACEFUL CO–EXISTENCE via her
websites, videos and blogs.
In 2010, Miriam starred in a rivetting role as “Waridi” in the ‘post-election
violence’ drama, “Suspense” (Taharuki) which has been making its rounds in
all major film festivals, including New York African Film Festival, Durban Film
Festival and others. In early, 2012, Miriam was picked to star as a lead in the
upcoming independent film, “Amnesty” which will be released late summer of
Miriam Chemmoss’s unique self-expression, multiple talents, as well as her
rich cultural background, is a much needed breathe of fresh air in the evolving
African/Diaspora Film and Music Industry.