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There are two groups and two singers called Big Mama:

1. Big Mama - a Korean female pop/rnb group
2. Big Mama - a French ska/reggae/punk/rock band
3. Big Mama - a Catalan blues singer
4. Big Mama - a Albanian pop-folk singer from Macedonia

1. Big Mama (빅마마) is a Korean female and group from YG Entertainment. Their first music video (for Break Away, their first single), showed four thin, pretty Korean women performing on a stage that are revealed to be lipsynchers; the actual singers are Big Mama, standing behind the stage singing passionately. This was "new" since major female artist in Korea are "thin and pretty" Big Mama showed another side. This strong single catapulted the group into the top of the music charts, with their album selling over 100,000 copies.

As the name of the band indicates, Big Mama is a 4-member female vocal band consisting of 4 “big” women – both in terms of physique and vocal talents. Despite their great talents in singing, most of the 4 members of the band had to perform as back chorus singers because of their “not so beautiful” appearances. Of course, that is only compared to the female singers who have Barbie-like figures and faces. Yang Hyun-seok, Former member of Taeji and Boys, discovered the talents of the 4 female vocalists and teamed them up as a band to stir up the local pop music scene with a sensational wave that great singers with great voices can be successful without brilliant dances or appearances. Shin Yeona, the eldest member of the band had made her debut in the pop music scene by winning a silver prize at the Riverside Song Festival held in 1995. Since then she had been actively performing as lyrics writer and singer behind the scenes of various television and radio commercials and theme songs for televisions dramas until she joined Big Mama. Lee Young-hyun had won a special prize at the Riverside Song Festival held in 2000. Lee Ji-young had performed with the Han Sang-won band as a vocalist. One of the most extraordinary conditions of contract for the band Big Mama was that if any of the members would have a plastic surgery, the whole band will have to be disbanded. Thus, the promotion of the vocal band focused on highlighting the band’s vocal talent rather than its appearance. As soon as its debut, the band proved that it’s only the music that counts for the success of a band.
(Text taken from KBS World Radio)

Official website: http://www.bigmama.co.kr

2. Big Mama is a French band playing mix of , , , , , , and other styles. The group was founded in 1996 in Paris.

Official website: http://www.bigmamarecords.net

3. A Catalan singer
Montserrat Pratdesaba was born at St Quirze de Besora (Catalonia) in 1963, and was nicknamed Big Mama at Barcelona's legendary "Cova del Drac" club where her career and love of the blues began.
Discography:
BIG MAMA BLUES ROOTED (2005)
BIG MAMA & JOAN PAU CUMELLAS EN EL NOM DE TOTS (2003)
BIG MAMA & JOAN PAU CUMELLAS STIR THE POT (2001)
BIG MAMA with JOAN PAU CUMELLAS & MIGUEL TALAVERA
TABLEAU DE BLUES (2000)
BIG MAMA ELECTRIC BAND SER O NO SER (1998)
BIG MAMA & VÍCTOR URIS EL BLUES DE L'OMBRA BLAVA (1996)
BIG MAMA with VÍCTOR URIS & AMADEU CASAS
EL BLUES DE LA INFLACIÓ (1994)
BIG MAMA AND THE BLUES MESSENGERS (live at la Boîte) (1993)
BIG MAMA AND THE BLUES MESSENGERS BLUES, BLUES, BLUES! (recorded in 1992 but published in 1995)
BLUES REUNION '90 (1990)

Her most outstanding discographic collaborations are:
L´HARMÒNICA COIXA BLUES BAND WALKING BLUES (1991)
LA VELLA DIXIELAND with BIG MAMA and JOSEP Mª FARRÀS
RAGTIME (1995)
FUEGO LET´S PLAY THE BLUES (1994)
LOTI LEWIS ECHOES OF HEARTBEATS (1997)
CIUTADANES PEL CANVI (1999)
LES CANÇONS DE TEMPS ERA TEMPS (2000)
NEW ORLEANS BLUE STOMPERS HELLO SATCHMO!-
THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG MUSICAL STORY (2001)
LA LOCOMOTORA NEGRA SWING ALS 30 ANYS (2001)
VÍCTOR URIS DE LADO A LADO (2002)
AMADEU CASAS STROLLIN´ BAND (2005)
BLUES AROUND THE WORLD (PUT 253-2) (2006)
ESCLAT GOSPEL SINGERS FROM ROOTS TO HEAVEN (XGC-001) (2008)

Official website: http://www.bigmamamontse.com/

4. Albanian - singer from Macedonia. She also have talk-show on Alsat-M TV in Skopje, Macedonia.

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