Malaika’s level of maturity stems from a childhood of moving between Europe, Australia, Africa and Singapore. She was exposed to many cultures and people. Consequently, this has given her an incredible insight into the complex relationships that form such diversity. Forced to grow up quickly during her mother’s successful battle with sarcoma cancer, she realised that life can change in such extreme ways and from this, drew great strength and confidence, which is evident in her lyrics today.
Her musical influences include; Tracy Chapman, Laura Marling, Bon Iver, Angus & Julia Stone, Patrick Watson, Sleeping at Last, Daughter, James Vincent McMorrow , ILUKA, Mark Wilkinson, Joshua, Radin, Liz Lawrence, Mree, The Paper Kites, and Scott Matthews, although she is attached to a diverse range of artists and bands.
Malaika has played many live gigs around Singapore and Australia as a solo artist, and has also collaborated with local bands for live shows and charity events.
Currently recording in Sheikh Heikel and Anna Belle Francis’ studio, with Shorya Sharma (producer), her debut album “Would It Be So Bad?” is getting ready to launch in the mainstream music industry with a captivating and brutally honest sound. Malaika has the ability to take you on a journey into emotionally challenging realm and bring you back again with her melodic riffs and soulful voice. Tracks like “Rescue me” strike a deep chord and “Dear Kenneth” is a hauntingly beautiful tribute to a young man whose life was taken too early by cancer.
Malaika will no doubt be a fresh and invigorating force who will constantly grow and develop as a true artist.