Meet Malaika, a young singer-songwriter making enchanting jazz-led pop music.
‘Stop for a Minute’ is her second single. Produced and co-written by Grammy-nominated songwriter John Beck, Malaika reels you in with her luminous vocals over a bed of brass and synth keys.
Based in Leeds, Malaika lists Amy Winehouse, Erkyah Badu, Nina Simone and Esperanza Spalding among her influences.
Her music – and indeed her style (as seen in her video for debut single ‘I Don’t Feel the Same’) – gives off an aura of matinée jazz: all vintage dresses, low-lit jazz bars and vocals filled with woozy longing.
She’s been honing her skills for some years, and is now starting to get recognised for her talent. In 2016, she was awarded Best Jazz/Blues act at the Unsigned Music Awards, and she also supported British pop singer, Jones, on her UK tour.
And just this week she performed a gorgeous acoustic session for BBC Introducing.
Listen to ‘Stop for a Minute’ below.
Image: courtesy of Malaika