Op veertienjarige leeftijd verhuisde Malia van de Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek Malawi naar Londen waar ze haar tienerjaren doorbracht in de Big Smoke. Al vroeg vond ze haar weg naar het podium en haar zangstijl flirtte met stijlen uit de jaren zestig en zeventig. Zoals je misschien hoort, zijn haar rolmodellen Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan en Nina Simone. Haar eerste drie albums werden opgenomen met Andre Manoukian in zijn studio in Parijs en hiermee boekte ze haar eerste succes. Verschillende albums later, waaronder een samenwerking met Boris Blank (Yello) en een Echo Jazz Award voor haar eerbetoon aan Nina Simone’s ‘Black Orchid’, is Malia’s nieuwste werk ‘The Garden Of Eve’ een album gewijd aan de geest en de diversiteit van de blues.

Malia releases new album ‘The Garden Of Eve’

After releasing a first new single called ‘Hope’ just before Christmas, Malia welcomes the new decade with the announcement of her new album ‘The Garden Of Eve‘, an album dedicated to the blues and its stories. It will be released via MPS on March 20th, 2020. Her latest singles ‘Last Show’ and ‘Hope’ gives you a glimpse of what to expect. It has been a long time since a contemporary artist has made such a beautiful homage to the blues, a style that in the year 2020 deserves to have a bit of its dust brushed off.



“Blues has always been dear to my heart: it’s a cathartic experience, precious and profound, whether it’s playing it or listen to it on the radio. When I first heard Billie Holiday sing ‘Blue Moon’, I could feel it with every cell of my body. She had such a powerful effect on me. Sentimental blues, originating from tragic situations, sometimes even reflecting my own experiences… No matter how bad family, friends, politics, lovers, governments or society might be, they can never destroy the forces for good in this world. And as time passes by, I more and more find the truth that is rooted in my soul. And I finally feel mature enough to understand this wonderful musical tradition–because blues means life.”

And if blues means life, Malia is the energy that allows the blues to have a soul, a voice. Characterised by her unique timbre – that doesn’t need any further explaining – Malia gives us a thrill throughout the 12 tracks of this album, that has everything to become a classic. In an era where technology is increasingly shaping music, The Garden Of Eve explores the opposite: it is an organic album made by real musicians recording simultaneously, giving it a live mood while at the same time having a wonderfully brilliant sound. Although the blues have lost its most faithful missionary since the passing of the late BB King, Malia and The Garden Of Eve offer a beautiful makeover, injecting a modern fragrance to this style, which will enchant the blues enthusiasts.

Malia
The Garden Of Eve

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Label: MPS Records
Release date: 20 March 2020

Tracks
1. Hope
2. Last show
3. The thrill is gone
4. Me & my girlfriend
5. Two seedlings
6. Lord, I feel so bad
7. Restoration
8. Death
9. Freedom at last
10. Moving away
11. Honeymoon is over
12. Love in vain