Could you introduce yourself?
I was born from two amazing human beings, worth filling millions of pages in a book.They gave me the name Sarah Devi Betolo Mambouka, although, I think I chose my name to be Devi Mambouka. My new project is called MASMA DREAM WORLD.
What's the story behind the name?
"High up in the mountains of Peru, 850 miles from the Gate of the Gods, is a breathtaking 2-mile long plateau another area of reportedly high energy. For centuries it has been a powerful sacred place among the Incan people. It's called Markawasi.
Markawasi is said to have very bizarre energy patterns. According to Kathy Moore, “Markawasi is a place of wizards and genies and people treat it with a great deal of veneration. When people go there, they experience a special kind of energy – or a state of Euphoria”. Most geologists believe that the stone figures at Markawasi are naturally formed through weathering and other natural processes. According to Daniel Rousseau, the name Markawasi probably meant two-storied house and referred to the strange complex of buildings located on the site. Rousseau further states that the ancient people who built Markawasi were called the Masma and supposedly, Peru was not their only home. Robert M Schoch observes, “The Masma were very ancient, very advanced civilization, who seemed to have had a global existence and have traveled worldwide at a very early period, in pre-recorded history. Rousseau spent a lot of time looking for evidence of this civilization and seemed to have finally found it in Markawasi. He thought Markawasi was some kind of a sculpture garden built by the Masma”." - Words from here.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I saw an amazing t-shirt a day ago and it said " I am under the spell of joy" That is my life philosophy right there. Meditation slows the moment of thought and brings you closer to the source of pure love. That is why I meditate everyday first thing in the morning.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
I hope not to stand apart, but to merge in the music stream as a natural occurring progression to the future of sound art.
What is it about music that has connected with you the most, opposed to other mediums of expression?
Because everything in the universe is vibration, and vibration is sound. Music is vibration with intent, it is a powerful healer.
Could you tell us about your newest work, "Self Titled"? What's the story behind the project?
Imagine being in the middle of the forest at night, with a huge fire in the middle of a drumming circle.
What's one song off the project that connects to you the most right now?
The songs are connected to each other like parts of a story, like the thoughts that flow through our heads. "Dream World"
How does your family history play a role in the music you create today?
My African, my Asian and European origin along with colonization and world war two.
If you had to come up with a new genre to describe your music, what would it be and why?
I don't think I could come up with a new genre, the music is channeled through ancient wisdom.
What do you want your audience to feel when they listen to your latest work? What are some themes you want them to question or think about long after they hear it?
I just hope they feel good and joyful after leaving a show.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
I set sacred space by burning incense as an offering to the universe and let the vibration flow through me.
Tea or coffee?
What’s a typical day for you?
It is delicious.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
The last days of 2017 I plan to travel to spread joy through my music.
What makes you happy?
Being in a space of appreciation.
Any closing comments?
Blessings to all.