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The Black Madonna, a native of Kentucky,[2] is an American DJ, producer[3] and musician.[1][4]

The Black Madonna
The Black Madonna at All Points East Festival 2018 (cropped).jpg
The Black Madonna performing at All Points East Festival in Victoria Park, London. 27 May 2018.
Background information
Birth nameMarea Stamper[1]
BornKentucky, United States
GenresHouse, techno
Occupation(s)DJ, remixer, producer


Born Marea Stamper, a high-school dropout who was bullied for her gender-nonconforming appearance,[5] The Black Madonna started her career in the late 1990s, selling mixtapes by underground DJs at raves.[1]

She has been called "one of the world’s most exciting turntablists."[6]

In 2016, Mixmag named her the DJ of the year.[7]

The stage name The Black Madonna references the Black Madonna paintings of the Virgin Mary, a tribute to her mother's favorite Catholic saint.[8]

In 2018, The Black Madonna played herself as an in-residence DJ for the video game Grand Theft Auto Online, as part of the After Hours DLC.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "The Black Madonna, an Activist D.J., Wants to Turn Dance Music Upside Down". The New York Times. November 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Roberts, Joe (March 8, 2018). "The Black Madonna: DJ Mag UK Cover Feature". DJ Mag.
  3. ^ Galil, Leor (December 9, 2015). "Marea Stamper, The Black Madonna, The DJ". The Chicago Reader.
  4. ^ "dj the black madonna shares the 6 songs that changed her life". Vice. October 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Kane, Peter Lawrence (April 18, 2018). "The Black Madonna and the Holy Spirit on the Dance Floor". SF Weekly.
  6. ^ James, Lauren (14 March 2018). "DJ The Black Madonna on performing at Sónar festivals and making dance music accessible for all". South China Morning Post.
  7. ^ Brailey, Louise (21 December 2016). "The Black Madonna is the DJ of the Year". Mixmag.
  8. ^ Romano, Tricia (September 18, 2015). "Decibel Fest DJ Black Madonna and her rebel heart". The Seattle Times.
  9. ^ Crecente, Brian (August 25, 2018). "How 'Grand Theft Auto' Is Changing the Way the World Experiences Music". Rolling Stone.

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