brand new video premiere for "biggest drum" via interview mag!



Check out the BRAND NEW, self-directed music video for "The Biggest Drum," featured in Interview Mag today!

"We're excited to premiere the video to "The Biggest Drum," which lyrically espouses individuality and personal strength. The piece was shot and edited by Murumba herself as she backpacked through Costa Rica, Panama, and the Caribbean coast. "I realized that asking someone to translate my thoughts visually just wasn't going to work unless I was the one actually capturing them," she tells us. "In this way, my frustration led to a source of empowerment, which I think you can literally taste in the video."

"The Biggest Drum" is refreshingly minimalistic when it comes to theatricality and production; instead, in the spirit of the song's roots in metaphor, the video symbolically captures birds taking flight, dream-catchers waving in the wind, and shots of a compass changing directions. Murumba sings for a handheld camera between sweeping views of the communal atmosphere and scenery of South America—from colorful marketplaces, to lush rainforests, to sprawling coastlines. It becomes clear that the streets of San Jose are Murumba's playground; we get a sense of her as an artist and as an individual through this window into her world. "The purpose of this song is that it makes me feel 10 feet tall when I sing it," she tells us. "I hope that when you listen, you feel like a giant, too."


new video on its way


I am excited to announce that I have just finished shooting and editing my first video, and Interview Magazine likes it so much they're gonna premiere it on their website ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!

Check out some stills and previews from the upcoming video on mah blahg.


Release Show Featured in Impose


Impose Magazine captured some really sweet moments from our album release party!

Check em:


mad love for the new EP


Early love for the dirt. EP:
"With a name as lyrical as hers, Nasimiyu Murumba may have been destined to be a musician." VOGUE

"Picture the soulful ringleader of a circus-folk orchestra– such is the big dreamer’s vibe of this latest gem…" Okay Player

"Nasimiyu Murumba draws from a wide array of influences — Talking Heads, Etta James, TV on the Radio, Dirty Projectors, and Fela Kuti among them — to craft her blend of free-folk, funk, and dream-pop." SPIN

"Nasimiyu Murumba is set to make an impact with her upcoming five-song EP,Dirt (out January 24), on which she pairs dynamic vocals with beats that take cues from dream pop and free jazz." MAGNET

"Her influences range from Sun Ra and Fela Kuti to the Dirty Projectors and Bjork—but with bold rhythms and a powerful voice, Nasimiyu fuses the diverse array into her own danceable, soulful style." UTNE Reader

"A gorgeous a capella bit and an aching piano riff fold and melt into slick dream pop in this new track by Nasimiyu Murumba, a Brooklyn-based artist who cut her teeth for four years under the tutelage of street performers, voodoo practitioners, and marching band musicians in New Orleans. Needless to say, we’re intrigued, and counting the days until her EP Dirt comes out January 24." NYLON

"Nasimiyu Murumba will awaken all your cells and inspire you…" IMPOSE

"Nasimiyu’s latest single ‘Raise Your Arrow (The Hunt)’ comes out swinging at the fences in a tireless groove pointed sharply at its kill." THE DELI NYC

"…her sound, which grooves between Afrobeat, dream pop, experimental rock and neo-soul with total confidence." KDHX

"There’s something really alluring about the sound of tribal drums, and Nasimiyu makes the most out of them in "Even In The Dark," an uplifting, fun offering with a worldly sound."Pigeons & Planes

 Download/listen now on iTunes, Spotify, or bandcamp!



New EP debuts via VOGUE Magazine!

EP premieres tomorrow!


VOGUE to debut [dirt EP]!


WE ARE SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE that this Thursday, the 23rd, the new album will be available for streaming worldwide via VOGUE MAGAZINE!

We hope y'all love the record, and we hope you continue to share and support!

Big thanks to Vogue, Producers Ben Lorio + Andreas Gustafsson, Riot Act Media, and to my fantastic bandmates!




CMJ Mixtape

New dates for the NYC kids


Happy new year! Can't wait to share more new music with you in 2014.

Plus some exciting new shows, including: 

1/3 at Nublu (manhattan)
1/27 at Cameo (brooklyn)
1/31 at Pianos (manhattan) CD RELEASE PARTY WOOO


Music Video "Even in the Dark"


NYC Deli Mag Feature


"Nasimiyu’s latest single, ‘Raise Your Arrow (The Hunt)’ comes out swinging at the fences with a tireless groove pointed sharply at its kill. Taken from her upcoming EP ‘dirt’ to be released on January 24th, the track shows off the singer’s huge range and bottomless well of whoops and hollers to keep you on your toes.

You may be afraid to find yourself in Nasimiyu’s huntman-like sights, but being in the direction of her voice is electrifying. Listen to ‘Raise Your Arrow’ to find out why.”

-The Deli Magazine


'The Hunt' in NYLON Magazine


Thank you, NYLON, for the beautiful words! "A gorgeous a capella bit and an aching piano riff fold and melt into slick dream pop in this new track by Nasimiyu Murumba, a Brooklyn-based artist who cut her teeth for four years under the tutelage of street performers, voodoo practitioners, and marching band musicians in New Orleans. Needless to say, we’re intrigued, and counting the days until her EP Dirt comes out January 24.”


SPIN Magazine Premieres 'The Hunt'

Upcoming dates


November 13th: New single release, “The Hunt”

December 9th: Brooklyn show @ Pete’s Candy Store

January 3rd: Manhattan show @ Nublu

January 24th: EP release, “Dirt”


New NYC shows announced


Check the calendar for new shows coming up in NYC.

And be on the lookout for brand new music being released in November!

Happy fall, y'all.


Check out the interview published in the new issue of London's 'Kreol Magazine'

Featured as "Top Pick" for French Quarter Fest by and My Spilt Milk

New album in post-production, to be released this summer.


WE JUST FINISHED RECORDING THE NEW ALBUM! And even before being mixed, it's already got an insanely beautiful and unique sound. This production team and I are thrilled and excited beyond words to release this thing in the fall, and will definitely be sharing tastes of it in the meantime.

Much love and appreciation to Noah Young, Nick Ellman, Ian Bowman, and John Culford of Naughty Professor as well as Kalmia Traver from Rubblebucket for lending their beautiful horn sounds to the cause.

The process was incredible and I've been documenting as much as we could on the blog.

Stay tuned for the first single announcement from the "Dig Deep" LP.


French Quarter Fest and other dates announced


Nasimiyu will be playing this year's French Quarter Festival on April 13th.

Also, new local shows have been added to the calendar, with a regional tour in the works.

For more updates and insights please check out the blog.


Check out the new artist feature in the Times-Picayune!

Gambit Magazine Features Nasimiyu on their Cover


Big thanks to Gambit Magazine for the fantastic cover and issue!


Proud to be one of 2012's "Artists to Watch!"


Nola Defender Explores Nasimiyu's Innovative Sound and Philosophy



The new album, "Rules Aren't Real," is NOW available on iTunes and Amazon! Download it today!

Politically charged, sonically diverse, eclectically original, and authentically Nasimiyu.

Offbeat Magazine

Nasimiyu Knows the Rules Aren't Real :: Offbeat Magazine

The Countdown Has Begun...


The ‘Rules Arent Real’ LP will be available globally on iTunes and other sites, as well as locally at Louisiana Music Factory and Euclid Records this Friday, June 29th!

We are celebrating that night in New Orleans at The Big Top (1638 Clio St.) with the help of amazing Austin-based band, Soul Track Mind, as well as our beloved Nola locals, Enharmonic Souls.

HUGE thanks to everyone who has supported us along the way and made this journey possible.

Come join in the countdown with us on the blog, where we will be sharing one song from the new album every day until its release!

People, Get Ready. >>


'Rules Aren't Real' Video Featured on


The Afropunk community has featured 'Rules Aren't Real' as their video of the week.

Check it out on


Liberator Magazine Premieres 'Rules Aren't Real'

"Rules Aren't Real" Music Video in Production


We are nearing the end of our 2-week production phase for the new music video. Folks will be able to see a sneak preview screening of the finished product at our show on June 2nd, followed by its wide release online the following week. Many thanks to our very passionate and talented director, Alex Glustrom, for doing such an amazing job on the piece.

Check out some behind the scenes snapshots from the shoot here, and be sure to join us for the screening and performance at Cafe Istanbul this Saturday, June 2nd.


"Spooks," on Fusicology


This week featured Nasimiyu's, "Spooks," as its top pick in downloads alongside Esperanza Spalding, Estelle, and Janelle Monae! Not bad company to be in.

If you haven't heard the new single yet, listen to it at


New Single, "Spooks," Featured on


"Spooks," the second single off the new album, has been featured as a favorite track on Afro-Punk's website! Nasimiyu is also on the front page as this week's featured band.


"Maybe you've seen her causing a commotion in her hometown New Orleans, or opening for badass hard rock band The Memorials. AP member Nasimiyu is sharing her "fresh, dancey, gender-bending, flirtatious, and deliciously Afro-Punk track" 'Spooks' with us as a free download. Ain't that nice? Get your free mp3 below!"


New Dates Announced

"Rules Aren't Real" Featured on Gambit's Free Music Friday


‎"Here's 'Rules Aren't Real,' the latest single from New Orleans singer-songwriter Nasimiyu Murumba, whose vintage soul-inspired, jazz-bending vocal acrobatics lead a small, ferocious ensemble. A full-length release is expected in March." Listen: Gambit's Free Music Friday


New Single Premiere!


The first single off of the new album is now available for free download! Check out the title track to what is turning out to be a truly phenomenal record, here :::


Video Debut for "This Which My Belly Knows"


Shot at Fudge Studios in New Orleans, by Killer Kowalski Productions.

Song from the upcoming album, "Rules Aren't Real," dropping in March 2012.


Offbeat Magazine features "Warpaint" Video



"Tonight, Tipitina’s hosts a NOLA Brewing-sponsored show with Nasimiyu & the Many Moons, a young, raw funk and soul band who released a promising EP, It Ain’t Pretty But It’s Beautiful, earlier in the year. The concert is free, and starts with United Seas and Gris Gris at 9 p.m.

In this video, shot at a concert at the Hi-Ho Lounge on October 7, the band performs a new song, “War Paint”. The song begins with a dedication to #OccupyNOLA—incidentally, Occupy Wall Street declared today “International Action Day”. If nothing else, take some action and #occupyTipitinas tonight."

Click here to see the write-up and video on


New updates and videos on!


Nasimiyu's artist blog, People get Ready, is full of new updates and videos. Watch the pieces of the new album come together in real time. It's all about the process...


Nasimiyu featured on


JuJu Association, "A collective of music lovers devoted to bringing you the best new NOLA music," just launched its website and decided to feature Nasimiyu as one of its favorite up-and-comers.

Check out the interview and other good stuff here!


"It Ain't Pretty" Review Featured in Offbeat Magazine



"Vocalist Nasimiyu Murumba came to New Orleans from the Twin Cities in 2009, and it’s clear from the title to the lyrical content of her EP that she’s set on making a new home, and making her music about it. It Ain’t Pretty but It’s Beautiful collects six of her original songs, and it’s obvious from song titles such as “Bayou Black” and “Swamp Foot” that she’s taken New Orleans as a point of departure. “Bourbon Street Blues” is a nice surprise; it replaces the frat-funk the title suggests with a noir-ish look at “wading through this garbage lagoon in your high-heeled shoes.” It ain’t pretty or beautiful, this time.

The music fits, for the most part, with the jazz-inflected neo-soul that artists such as Angie Stone and Alicia Keys made popular. Nasimiyu and her five-piece band bring music school precision and afterschool whimsy to those slow, breathy vocals and repetitive piano parts. They show a different musical side on “Fortune Teller,” which picks up the tempo, turns down the slickness, and lets the band cut loose a bit over a sixteen-bar blues form.

It Ain’t Pretty but It’s Beautiful is, truthfully, plenty pretty. There’s a lot of sonic space around and even inside the band throughout the songs. That gives it a live feel, and the EP begins and ends with street noise to give us a sense of the music’s place and ours with respect to it."


New Video Released


We just posted some live performance video of a few brand new, unreleased songs!

Get it while it's hot ::: Nasimiyu on Vimeo


Opening for afro-punk band The Memorials on 6/2

Red Clay Soul Nola


Red Clay Soul is an artist collective, connecting New Orlean's up-and-coming culture creators.

Check out their feature on Nasimiyu here!


Fudge Studio Session


We just finished taping our live session at Fudge studios! Stay tuned for amazing footage and brand new songs!


"It Ain't Pretty" aired on OZ


We've been getting a lot of spins from the wonderful folks at our local radio station. Thank you to WWOZ, and especially DJ Brice Nice for giving us lots of love on the airwaves!

Visit to stream the station!


Featured on InvadeNOLA

Featured on Gambit's Free Music Friday



I'm a local soul singer/songwriter interested in contributing my new album to your show. It's a collection of songs inspired by New Orleans, called, "It Ain't Pretty, But it's Beautiful."
It's available for free streaming and download at I will also be happy to come by and bring you a physical copy.
I was recommended to you by a good friend, Chad Moore, and by some volunteers at OZ, who thought that you would really dig the CD.

Check us out on Tumblr


Debut album released!



Nasimiyu's debut album, It Ain't Pretty, But it's Beautiful, is now available for free download online!

Please visit


Check out Jasmine on!

Just wrapped up production


The finishing touches are being put on our debut album, which is going to be launched online in just a few days! Stay tuned to catch these brand new tracks as soon as they're released.

You can also keep up-to-speed with us on Tumblr ;)


CD release party date set!


Please join us on SATURDAY, MARCH 26th at the All-Ways Lounge for a premiere performance from Nasimiyu -- along with many special guests and suprises! Details coming soon...


EP currently in production!


Nasimiyu's debut release, "It Ain't Pretty, But it's Beautiful," a collection of songs about/inspired by the city of New Orleans, is currently in production, with help from talented musician and engineer, Ryan Brown.

The album is expected to drop in February. Stay tuned for news on the CD release party!


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