Maame Afon’s voice and talent have been likened to legends and powerhouses such as Miriam Makeba, Mahalia Jackson and Nina Simone. When you hear and see Maame Afon perform, you will immediately see how she gracefully and effortlessly lives up to this reputation and the class in which she is placed.
Maame draws her passion for music on several levels including from her family genes—where others in her family stopped, Maame Afon has moved a step further by going professional with the release of her first album Rise in 2012. Prior to that, she supported a number of music recordings and served as lead singer in number of spaces including with the Jazz ensemble of her alma mater, Luther College, Iowa and as a founding member of Stewards of Grace Incorporated, Ghana. Her portfolio as music leader extends to her role as worship leader, currently serving at Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Livermore, California, which serves over 5,000 members, with four services every weekend.
Maame Afon’s music journey has been designed and built over a period of more than 20 years, and during this time her career has blossomed, having been introduced to various styles of singing and a myriad of genres such as Jazz, Afrobeat, Gospel, Inspirational, Acapella, R&B, Reggae and Highlife, to mention a few. Maame has also appeared and shared her music with diverse audiences and on several platforms within the United States and the continent of Africa, in particular Ghana her home country.
Maame’s personal and professional accomplishments resonate strongly with her approach, passion and relationship to her music.
In reflecting the notion of “Whole Woman”, Maame fluidly combines her calling as a wife and mother to her three children; as a leader, mentor and speaker; and her professional experience in grant-making, philanthropy, human rights and social justice, gender and development. She volunteers her time as a Board Member for the African Women’s Development Fund-USA (AWDF) and Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa, and part of networks such as the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), African Feminist Forum (AFF), and Global Fund for Women where she worked for five years. As a member of the Moremi Initiative community Maame works to develop the leadership capacity of emerging young African women. In addition, she works to project women’s leadership in environmental justice, highlighting water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Together, Maame Afon has blended these aspects of her personal and professional life with her music to promote philanthropy, social justice and activism. Her next album ékomé (One), a message of unity and collaboration, which will be released this summer, will be an addition to music portfolio. At present, in addition to being a bonafide recording artist, Maame Afon consults on Communications, Gender and International Development projects for sub- Saharan Africa. Born and raised in Ghana, Maame holds a Bachelors’ degree in French and Spanish from Luther College, Iowa and a Masters’ in Gender and International Development from Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Maame’s music is available on several online outlets – iTunes, cdbaby.com, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, last.fm and Simfy.
RISE is also available at Challenge Bookstores and the Vision Bookshop(Qodesh) in Ghana. You can learn more about RISE and follow this journey on Facebook Artist Page (Maame Afon).