May 3, 2019 - The Zen, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Cafe The Zen & Reggae Geel Brukout are proud to present… Zen Unplugged: a series of intimate acoustic sessions. For the second edition we’ve invited Miriam Simone. Sounds for this event by Ralph Selecta.

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Zen Unplugged: Miriam Simone

When: May 3, 2019 | Where: Cafe The Zen, Molukkenstraat 2, Amsterdam, the Netherlands | Doors: 20:00 | End: 03:00 | Tickets: €7,50


Hailing from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Miriam Simone aka Empress A Shem not only is a very talented vocalist, but also a songwriter, composer and co-owner of a record label. Influenced by Gospel, Soul and Reggae music, she started to sing at a very young age. Barely in her teens she sang with several bands and church choirs in Amsterdam, before she joined a Dutch group called Dredda Youthz, with whom she rocked on several tunes that were major hits in Surinam. One of these songs was entitled “Uma No Krey”.

Miriam Simone
Miriam Simone

This was merely the beginning of Miriam Simone’s music career. In 2010, she launched her solo career, and also co-founded the music label Dredda Records. In July 2012, she released her debut EP entitled “Follow My Dreams”, which included the aforementioned singles, “Disappointed” and “You Know How To Love”, the latter done in collaboration with Fyakin. Three years after the release of her debut EP, Miriam Simone released her first full length studio album entitled “Mount Zion”.

Simone has shared stages with some of the most renowned Reggae artists in the world, such as Sizzla, Chronixx, Jah 9, Tarus Riley and I octane and performed at major events such as Capleton´s show St Mary We Come From, Trenchtown Rock, Tarrus Riley & Friends, along with several other shows in Jamaica, Surinam and Amsterdam. She has also collaborated with Jamelody, Fyakin and has unreleased songs with Sizzla and Capleton.