Meet Mapei, The Singer Out To Reinvent Modern Soul

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Be prepared to have her on repeat. SOURCE

Courtesy of Mapei/Downtown Records

It’s hard not to fall in love with a song like “Don’t Wait.” The song opens with a hypnotic guitar riff over the warm beat of Brazilian baile funk drums, and gives way to a voice that’s equally entrancing. (“She sounds like if Solange and Imogen Heap had a baby,” said one friend who I played the song for.) Mapei, who was born in Rhode Island and raised in Stockholm, has a voice that’s deep and rich, smooth yet slightly raspy, with a raw and emotional quality that stands out in a pop landscape dominated by ice-queen R&B singers. “Don’t Wait” is a song about friendship, and love, and letting the ones you care about know what they mean to you, before it’s too late. READ MORE

We caught up with Mapei in her room at the Ace Hotel during a visit to New York City last week.

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