MamaYo’s 1st album, The Game featured vocalists Shaun Escoffery, Carleen Anderson, Mandy Lecointe and Vanessa Freeman.
The band has developed into a power-funk trio with Yolanda Charles on Bass & Vocals, Scott Firth on Guitar & Vocals and Miles Bould on Drums.
Yolanda is a bass player in the U.K who has played for artists such as Jimmy Somerville, Paul Weller, Marcella Detroit, Gabrielle, Robbie Williams, Jermaine Jackson, Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart.
Miles, the drummer with MamaYo, is well known as a percussionist. He has recorded and toured with John Martyn, Julia Fordham, Daryl Hall, Joe Cocker, Sting, Daniel Beddingfield and Morecheeba amongst others.
Scott’s exciting guitar style makes up the sound of the MamaYo trio. He is better known as a bass player with Little Axe, Steve Winwood, John Martyn, Elvis Costello and Morecheeba.
recent press quotes:
[‘The Game is a remarkable album conceived, written, arranged and produced by bassist Yolanda Charles. Yolanda has assembled a band populated by some of the best musicians and vocalists in the business, including drummer Miles Bould…In these times of over-produced girl and boy bands clogging up the charts, albums like this truly are abreath of fresh air. Highly recommended.]
Quote from Bass Guitar magazine March 2005
Friday 29 July 2005
[ Wishing to create a recording where character comes first and technology plays a supporting role, Yolanda – together with her husband Miles Bould on drums – hits the listener with a raw mix of dancefloor funk, soul and blues.If your heart lies in the grooves of handcrafted music, your whole body will be moved here.
Top class. ]
Quote from Musician Magazine December 2004
[ Vanessa Freeman’s haunting vocals on ‘These Times’ and Shaun Escoffery’s rendition of ‘No Tomorrows’ is breathtaking…]
Quote from Straight No Chaser spring 2005