New Waves 2018: Malika

Mali­ka is sun­shine. She’s good times. She’s hap­pi­ness at the touch of a but­ton. This Lon­don singer stole our hearts – and quite pos­si­bly yours, too – on ‘Falling’ by Snake­hips. On this track, Mali­ka sum­mons clear skies and bright smiles with her larg­er-than-life voice, which lies between Bev­er­ley Knight, the Spice Girl’s Mel B and Mary J Blige.

Last year, she released her first EP, Songs About C, which fea­tured pro­duc­tion from Snake­hips, Loxe and Bearcubs. It’s a strong debut, topped off by ‘Don’t Give Up on Me’ and ‘Run’, both of which have attract­ed blog posts, air­play and stu­dio ses­sions for this ris­ing star.

Kick­ing off 2018 as she means to go on, Mali­ka has shared a video for her song ‘I Live’, and already has shows booked, includ­ing a Nev­er Fade Records show­case at The Social. “I’m real­ly look­ing for­ward to 2018, and achiev­ing some great things,” she tells Fringe Fre­quen­cy. “I feel like 2017 was the set­up year. Now I get to per­form, tour and show the music live. I’m look­ing for­ward to fin­ish­ing my new music and expand­ing on what I’ve already started.”

Social: @hernameismalika on Insta­gram, @hernameismalika on Twitter

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Image: Suzi Ovens