The Black Madonna



Christopher IRELAND captures The Black Madonna for the April 2016 Issue of TRAX Magazine, a French publication dedicated to electronic music and the cultures that surround it.

Marea Stamper a.k.a. The Black Madonna is a highly respected dance music DJ who has been in the American rave scene for over 25 years. She has performed at world-renowned venues and festivals while using her visibility as a platform to discuss forms of discrimination and violence that still take place within club culture.
In the TRAX spread, THE BLACK MADONNA: ‘I DISCOVERED UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE THROUGH THE FIRST GUY WHO HIT ME.’ by Luis-Manuel Garcia, Stamper discusses her career in dance music and the issues that are present within her industry.
“Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs some discomfort with its euphoria. Dance music needs salt in its wounds. Dance music needs women over the age of 40. Dance needs breastfeeding DJs trying to get their kids to sleep before they have to play. Dance needs cranky queers and teenagers who are really tired of this shit. Dance music needs writers and critics and academics and historians. Dance music needs poor people and people who don’t have the right shoes to get into the club. Dance music needs shirts without collars. Dance music needs people who struggled all week. Dance music needs people that had to come before midnight because they couldn’t afford full admission. Dance music does not need more of the status quo.”

– The Black Madonna

Christopher Ireland: Photographer
David Grainger: Hair & Makeup