MARIKA (born 14.12.1980) is a Lady MC, vocalist, songwriter whose career is developed at the same time in different music styles: from reggae & dancehall to nu-jazz and funk. She acted in The Music Theatre of Gdansk in a hip-hop theatrical project called ‘12 benches’. Moreover she has performed as a supporting artist for such stars as: Macy Gray, Gentleman, Panjabi Hit Squad, performed also at the Top Trends 2006 Festival TRENDS 2006 in Sopot. MARIKA’s mother formation is Bass Medium Sound System. In between 2002-2005 the squad was called BASS MEDIUM TRINITY and was represented by 3 members: MARIKA, Frenchman and Abselektor. Album ‘Mowisz i Masz’ , including 13 tunes focused on traditional jamican riddims was the result of BMT’s activity. It’s become a very hot stuff and has been sold out in a double issue. BM has been touring Poland and Europe, performing alongside stars such as: Gentelman, David Rodigan, Luciano, WWO, Abradab, Gutek, Mad Crew and top Polish sound systems. MARIKA’s gigs are incredible events called plenty of people to the clubs.When she takes over the microphone all the clubs turn into “Jamaican Embessies”. Her style is a fusion of dancehall, funk, nu-jazz, nu-soul and reggae. Album ‘Plenty’ has been released 22.08.2008.
Marika - Also known as Marika Lejon was born on October 3, 1984 in Stavanger, Norway. She grew up in Sogne, in the south of Norway, with a Norwegian father and a Czech-Slovakian mother. Her parents were both journalists, so she had the opportunity to travel and see the world. At the age of 5, she started to learn how to play the piano by a private music teacher. Two years later she ditched the piano in favor of voice-lessons which lasted until she was 16. In high school she studied music in Kristiansand. She performed on Norwegian national TV in 2006, where she won 50.000 NOK and the following year Marika was engaged in the Norwegian Eurovision songcontest. She has also participated in the annual By:Larm event. She writes and composes her own music and lyrics and is now working on her first album fronting her own crossover genre: Gypsy-pop. The smashing single “Hard As Steel” will be released in February 2008. In 2009 she was in the semi-final in the TV-show “Norway…s got Talent”.
Marika entered the second pre-selection of Melodi Grand Prix 2011 for Eurovision song contest 22.01. withe the song «Hungry For You (Gipsydance)» but failed and did not go to the final.
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