I am MAPY
Does it mean that you have “made it” when you perform on the daytime talk show of the famed Ellen Degeneres with Pharrell? Does a number one album on the iTunes charts signify that you have done enough and can sit back and enjoy your own success? Not just yet…
Mapy is an Award-Winning violinist, recognized by the masses such as; Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Ellen Degeneres, Pharrell Williams, French Montana, Future, DJ Khaled, Tory Lanez, Young Thug, and the Soca & Caribbean Legends; Davido, Machel Montano, Movado, Destra, & Runtown!
Mapy! AKA The Violin Queen, who exploded on the music scene with her patented sound that is redefining her classical instrument by infusing soca, hip hop and afro-beat music into the traditional classical sound to create a brand of music that has never before been seen or accepted by the critics and the masses alike.
But who is Mapy?
Mapy is a Réunion Island native who uncovered her passion for music at the young age of six when she began studying the art of the violin at the Conservatory in Paris, France. It was there that Mapy’s love for the violin took hold and she became the leader of the first violin section in the Symphony Orchestra as well as attending the school as 1st chair for 10 years. Upon graduation Mapy spread her respect for the classical instrument though her work as a music teacher, where she taught the violin to both the young and old.
Though a fulfilling career, Mapy knew that her legend would be created as an artist and in 2013 she joined Airplay Musical Group where she was booked for a litany of luxury events that expanded her brand and introduce her patented style of music to an ever growing number of fans. These events included Paris Fashion Week, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, LVMH Group, Plaza Athénée, and Prince de Galles to name a select few. Additionally, Mapy contributed in the creation of Cordplay, a Hip-Hop & Pop violinist quartet that performed throughout Europe.
As Mapy’s musical prowess continued to grow, so did her yearning to explore additional musical opportunities. It was in 2014 that she made the life changing decision to pursue a solo career as a Hip- Hop, Dancehall & Soca violinist. A genre that she singlehandedly ushered onto the scene, Mapy’s hard work and dedication to success allowed her to obtain a throng of fans and supporters while she continued to elevate her music. During this time, she performed in many prestigious concert halls including Le Bataclan in Paris, Pavillon Baltard and Pavillon Champs- Elysée. She also rocked the stage all around the world including Europe, the Caribbean Islands, Jamaica, Guyana, New Caledonia, and Morocco to name a few.
Lately, she has been lighting up the stage all over the world! She opened for Young Thug, during his concert in Paris, France in 2016. She also graced the same stages as Queen of Bacchanal, Destra in Bordeaux Caribbean Carnival in 2016. In 2017, she shared the stage with Rupee in Guyana, and then with the King of Soca, Machel Montano the start of this summer, 2018. Mapy also headlined her own show last fall at Highline Ballroom in NYC, giving her a taste of how her own shows would soon come to be like.
In July 2017, Mapy released her freshman album, Island Girl, which took the world by storm as it debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae charts within hours of its release. Mapy, composes and produces her own music, and is currently working on her first album. Her first single 'Dreams' is scheduled to be released October 19th! Today, Mapy is gearing up for performances all over the world, which will bring her front and center to the thousands of fans who have made her an online and viral success. Mapy’s classically infused style of music has separated her from the pack, while her undoubted abilities have cemented her as a musical powerhouse, who is primed and ready for the next phase of her journey to super stardom.
Mapy in "2BKaribbean.com" - USA
"Mapy the Violinist Destroys Stereotypes One Musical Note at a Time"
Her sweet and endearing personality strikes a daring contrast to her laser-focused musical persona who continues to shatter stereotypes every time she plays her violin. When Mapy the Violinist plays her instrument, she takes on the role of a cultural ambassador who is determined to challenge the status quo. In this role, she has contested many stereotypes, such as, ‘a Caribbean cultural ambassador should be born in the region’, or, the one that says ‘you are more likely to be a conservative person if you play classical music’ or even the stereotype that says ‘classical music is the accepted genre of choice for violin players’. This daughter of African soil has embraced the challenge of being different in a world that is more comfortable with the familiar. She is serious about her role as an original thinker and cultural ambassador and she is determined to use her violin as her tool to introduce the world to Caribbean music.
Mapy in "iStandard" - USA
"Mapy Discusses Journey as a Violinist, Power of Visuals & Advice for Musicians"
The violin wasn’t Mapy‘s first choice for an instrument, yet after going viral on YouTube it’s a decision she’s glad she made. The Parisian violinist, Reggae and Hip Hop artist brings a ton of different sounds to the table. In our interview she talks about her journey up to this point, doubting herself, and how posting her first video was the breakthrough she needed to push forward.
Mapy in "The Fader" - USA
"Stop What You’re Doing And Watch This Amazing Trio Tear Up Tracks By Wayne Wonder, Gyptian, And Rupee"
Mapy in "MissBish" - USA
"Get to know Acoustic and Electric Violinist Mapy"
We recently caught up with Mapy, a Parisian who has been playing the violin since she was a child. Known as #ViolinQueen, Mapy has performed with several different artists, including Pharrell Williams. Find out more about the fierce female changing the classical instrument game, one hip-hop track at a time...