Melanie Fiona

by ethnic on May 2, 2010

Birth Name: Melanie Fiona Hallim

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: July 4, 1983

Ethnicity: Guyanese (including African, Indian, and Portuguese)

Melanie Fiona is a Canadian R&B recording artist. Her parents are Guyanese, and have African, Indian, and Portuguese ancestry.


lev radin/

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

midori29 March 17, 2016 at 8:11 am

I know of her. She is mostly African of course, the Portuguese and Indian admixtures are smaller amounts. Most black or Afro -Guyanese people are African , with small amounts of Portuguese and Indian dna. But the Afro black Guyanese amount is higher. The Portuguese population of Guyana is like 2%. However, before the Portuguese came to Guyana they were mixed with African from African admixture in Portugal. Guyana has a 7% American Indian Population then a %50 percent East Indian from India population too. Then a 40% Black/Afro Guyanese population that is mostly black but has mixtures too, like African Americans.
Melanie is more African/Afro-Guyanese though.

The Beautiful Ones December 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm

she looks like Chaka Khan

the punisher December 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

to bad she can’t sign like her

gtlady April 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

So even though melanie fiona was born in Canada. Her parents and roots traces back to the multi-cultural south american country of guyana, that is considered caribbean, because of its culture and heritage!

gtlady April 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I think these social media sites should use the word black instead of african, because that confuse people. She’s not african! She’s mixed with black, portuguese, and indian from the beautiful country of guyana, which is located in south america. Guyana is in between brazil and venezuela. However, guyana is still considered to be caribbean, since they speak english and its culture is caribbean just like trinidad! Guyana is also a diverse nation with various races…People really need to read some more.

fuzzybear44 April 5, 2013 at 3:59 am


I do understand your concern about the African title,however the black title might not work either.On this site,people have shown to take great offense to that word.While others on here,only see African Americans as black.I mean no offense by this,but when I look at the (EthniConnect) part of the site,and see people saying,I’m cuban,dominican,and black,it makes me laugh.I’m trying to decipher what the black means.Now if the black means African American,I find that very strange,seeing that AA’s are just as diverse as any other group out there.

gtlady April 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

@fuzzybear44 everyone sees things differently..but first of all there are black people all over the world. I’m Caribbean by the way, mixed with indian and black. But when I hear the term African American I think of blacks born in American..When I hear the term African, I think of Blacks born in Africa. But I believe that blacks in the Caribbean and Latin America should be called just black triniadadian, black dominican, etc., because by putting afro behind the nationality make people think “Oh they’re african” when they are not. Caribbean culture and even latin culture, regardless of race is very different from African culture and African American culture too. Well to each its own. These are my views.

Anita March 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

She looks black and Indian.

andrew March 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm

yeah but not Indian from India. I mean Amerindian

gtlady April 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Actually melanie is mixed with indian from india..her dad is 100% indo-guyanese..from the beautiful south american country of guyana..not to be confused with the african country of ghana.

didi December 8, 2013 at 5:02 am

Wrong i am from the caribbean we do have amerindaian but she in inidian form india many indians were brought to the caribbean we have very LARGE populations of inidan and guyana does ve large populations of indians from india who have been in the caribbean for many years !!! just like the rest of the races… she is Indo guyanes Afro guyanese n portugese guyanese so do research on my culture!

Roger Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

She is exotic.

George February 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

uhhh, i read somewhere that she was of trinidadian descent

David September 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

100% Guyanese

Trin-Tigan_Afro_Cau_Azn January 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm

No she is Guyanese. We Trinis and Guyanese are cousins even tho we don’t like to admit it lol

gtlady April 4, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Actually melanie is mixed with indian from india..her dad is 100% indo-guyanese..from the beautiful south american country of guyana..not to be confused with the african country of ghana.

Amanda January 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

She is really pretty!

Jim December 31, 2011 at 6:18 pm

guyana is a mixed country

Tangerine February 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Hello to all of you that seen to be stuck on MF’ D#@k.
She has said in interviews what her nationality is. {I don’t think that any of you were tuned in for that display}
I know that this conversation is old but I am dong a project on her. All of your answers are part right.
No one ever stated that she was born in Africa, but her fam is from Guyana and they immigrated to Canada, she was the only one who was born there.{info from http://WWW.hooked on}
For you all to stop making your own incorrect statments about someones elses race read this interview from her between

ATF – No problem, so tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

MF – Well I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I am Guyanese!

ATF- Oh wow, I didn’t see that. Yeah because I attended your showcase here at the Canal Room, and everyone including myself was trying to figure out what your race is.

MF – That is hilarious. Yeah I am mixed with Black, Indian, and Portuguese. But my family is Guyanese.

Now about where you are from or where born. My fam is all mixed up but that dont mean I have half of what they are. I am Black, white and two types of indian. Its a difference in what your fam is compared to you race.
There is a such thing as a white african person. You can be born in africa and still have the right to claim your race. YOU KNOW IT’S ONLY in the states that this seems to be a big deal.

sherwin fraser March 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Very intellente woman

Steve February 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I am white and was born in Canada. However, the rest of my family for like 4 generations were born in South africa. For my SAT and stuff like that can i say that i am African American as my ethnicity

Gemini February 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Technically you are of European descent with ancestors who lived on the continent of Africa for some time. You could identify as African American the same way a person of African descent would identify as Asian American if they have ancestors who lived on the continent of Asia for some time.

Banana December 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Why is this so complicated… lol.. First of all she’s a Canadian whose parents are of Guyanese descent (Like me, big up :D)…

Let me educate you people: Guyana is a country in South America (NOTE: its in South America, NOT Africa), it is considered a Caribbean nation and not a Latin American country because of its cultural and historical as well as linguistic ties to the rest of the English speaking Caribbean (They speak a Creole english).

It is also a country comprised of people who are from many different ethnic backgrounds including: Black/African, Indian, Portuguese, Chinese, European, and Native (Amerindian).

There are a lot of people in Guyana of mixed ethnic heritage (myself included). Just from looking at her its obvious she is part Black and Indian.. maybe half Indian… (much like Nicki Minaj)
nevertheless, she’s a gorgeous woman and an immense talent…

Now that I’ve settled this you guys can stop bickering and just enjoy her music :P

LMFAO November 13, 2010 at 10:25 am

Love the shit spewed here by self appointed ”experts”.

black wallstreet aka fuzzybear November 13, 2010 at 4:20 pm

To lmfao

If this is to me,I never stated I was an expert.However I can read,and I do understand what I read.I’m also known to be pretty intelligent,at least that’s what those so called experts at these schools have always told me.However since I’m black,they could have just been lying to me,you never know.However so called legitimate experts once stated the world was flat,see how that turned out.Some so called experts don’t know more than whats in a book that someone else wrote.However if I say something wrong,come on here and show me,prove me wrong.I have no problem learn something new.Now are you going to do that,or are you just going to show me your just an expert at running your mouth?

nikkie August 23, 2010 at 8:18 am

ok fuzzy bear, how tha hell u gonna say “if u were born in africa u are african” that’s a bunch of bs. So ur tellin me if a pregnant chinese person goes to africa visit and goes onto labor and the bby is born that bby went from being chinese to african?! Stfu lmao

Fuzzybear August 23, 2010 at 8:30 am

well nikkie it obvious you don’t know what your talking about ,if the child is born in Africa he would be a legal citizen of that country;just like if the child was born in the U.S it would be an American.BTW,Chinese people born in Africa are label as black for your infro.I’m trying not to use big words,because I can see your not to bright

clark kent November 13, 2010 at 9:37 am

Fuzzybear, I love your comments, always insightful.
However just because a person was born in an African country does not make them a citizen of that country. The U.S. has very simple citizenship laws when it comes to birth: born in the U.S. than you are a citizen.
I was born in Zaire, to an American father, and my mother is from Zaire. I was NOT a citizen of Zaire. I was a U.S. citizen.

This was likely not the point you were trying to make, but I just wanted to point out the fallacy of your generalized statement.

black wallstreet aka fuzzybear November 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm

To Ms. Kent

Ok thank you,l’ll check it out more next time.Oh btw I like the way you came at me,these other people will make you loss your religion,lol

Fuzzybear August 23, 2010 at 8:32 am

btw Nikkie,you STFU DUMMY

nikkie August 23, 2010 at 8:11 am

she’s so pretty

creole baby504 August 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm


Magdalena July 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Shes from guyana which is in SOUTH america not the caribbiean but is considered as a carribbean country because spanish is not their official language, and shes obviously indian since she looks indian, 50% of the people in guyana are indian [india] the other percentages are black [african] and white so shes from guyana of mainly indian descent with black n portuguese, although she doesnt have portuguese features to me though

Fuzzybear July 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Your assuming things,you really don’t know what she is.just because a country is 43% of anything doesn’t mean that your 43% it’s been shown on here many times,you could look like the rest of the population,and yet your DNA will show you are something else.I would give examples,but my computer is mess up right now.she could be a perfect blend or a majority of one of the other two,and yet still look like she does

ethnic July 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

I agree FB.

mona March 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

yo you can never tell what somebody is just by looking at them so don’t judge by that…..just know that she’s mixed yeah you may be able to see certain features on them that other people of that race have but you can never be sure…they could be mixed with more of the other than what you presumed.

zuzanna July 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm

she mentioned something about being Carraibean in Polish television in the interview but i must search that

Anonymous July 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

i kinda figure she had indian in her but anyway i love melanie she’s singer =)

A teacher ! July 9, 2010 at 9:46 am

Fuzzy bear you are so wrong she is Guyanese not African. Just because your from Africa doesn’t mean your African. There are many different types of races & people that live there. Africa is a continent dear! Please start listening in history class.

Beauty July 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm

She is african because her parents are African. Duh.. you said she Guyanese and that all.So If your a teacher you need to stop being one !! So your wrong ! I mean she looks African

Fuzzybear July 9, 2010 at 11:24 pm

To A teacher

If you were truly a teacher,I feel sorry for your students.Anyone born in Africa,is African.If you just moved there that’s a different thing,However this is not the case with her,her parents are part African

p July 13, 2010 at 11:43 am

to fuzzybear,yeah if your from africa,yeah it does make you an african,but as your nationality.

Fuzzybear August 23, 2010 at 8:38 am

to P,that’s what I meant by what I said

fuzzybear August 23, 2010 at 9:06 am

However,from what I read her parents are of recent african descent,which also makes her of african descent

fuzzybear June 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm


I do understand what your saying,but aren’t her parents at least part African?So whether she’s from Ghana or Guyana,she’s still of African descent right?So besides the wrong country,how is she not African?

HELL NO June 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm



midori29 March 17, 2016 at 8:13 am

She is of African descent, I have the same mixture she does. Melanie is mostly African/Afro Guyanese you can see that. I am from Guyana too

midori29 March 17, 2016 at 8:15 am

Guyana has a near 40% Black population of African descent just like how African AMericans are. I am Guyanese, I know. And black means mostly black, of course Guyanese blacks are mixed in small percentages with other things.

Previous post:

Next post: