Do you believe in magic?

In some ways, the story of The Black Madonna begins with three magic words, scrawled in shoe polish on a broken-down box and hung with Christmas lights on the wall at a small sweaty party: We Still Believe.

In a span of a few years, The Black Madonna (AKA Marea Stamper) used her grit and talent to propel herself into a world that not long ago would have rejected someone outside of its conventions. And yet we are here, and she stands as an absolute force of nature in dance music, just getting started at nearly forty years old, leaving no time soon.

It must have taken a little magic. How else could you change We Still Believe from three words on a box, into sensational underground club residency on two continents, to a sold-out series of events around the world? One room sweatboxes, circus tents, theaters, massive festival stages and entire city blocks have all served as the canvas for this kaleidoscopic event.

In 2016, The Black Madonna became the first woman to be named Mixmag’s DJ of the year, landing the prestigious magazine cover wearing a giant gold crown. It was one of many shots across the bow, signaling that a change was coming. The same year Madge cracked the list of top 10 DJ’s on the planet in the Resident Advisor poll. In 2017, she helmed the esteemed XOYO residency, sold out for 13 straight weeks in London. Passport pages filled up as if by printing press. She relocated to her London base, securing a popular residency on BBC Radio One, contributing three live Essential Mixes and even filling in for Gilles Peterson, Pete Tong Danny Howard and making television appearances in the UK. In 2018, she scored her own Grand Theft Auto radio station (titled, of course, We Believe) and astonishingly, even appeared as herself in the game, traveling to a secret location and playing an underground club constructed by Rockstar for the purpose of motion-capturing a real DJ set with real dancers for the game narrative.

The Black Madonna’s production catalogue includes remixes for Robyn, Dua Lipa, Georgia, Tiga and solo work for many labels. DJ mixes for BBC, Resident Advisor, FACT Mag, Dekmantel, Beats In Space, Little White Earbuds, Rinse FM show remain highly regarded, selected from deep crates and executed with precision. She is currently completing her first album with very special guests. She remains a resident and the music director in absentia at Smartbar. Her weekly We Still Believe radio show broadcasts internationally.