MERAKI MIX SERIES: Malaika
Malaika exudes warm positive energy when she walks in to a room. You can feel it in both the music she writes and the music she selects. A multi talented artist Malaika’s songwriting blends jazz and pop, her vocals soothing and uplifting. She says that DJing is all about the music and how much that person believes in the music they are playing. For our mix series she has brought the energy with a selection of afro house and techno beats, perfect to get your body moving on a sunny day in isolation.
MERAKI: What was the last record that moved you?
MALAIKA: There is an Album called ‘Golden Hour’ by Kacey Musgraves. The musicianship and minimal use of production is stunning. I have not been more connected to a new album like that in a long time. My particular favourite tracks are ’Space Cowboy, ‘Butterflies’ and ‘Slow Burn’.
MERAKI: What made you want to become a DJ?
MALAIKA: I honestly was madly inspired by one of my best friends Aquamae. She taught me the basics of DJing and introduced me to the electronic music scene. And from there I started to look further into African inspired electronic music.
MERAKI: What was the last track you put on repeat?
MALAIKA: Simmer by Mitch Wade Cole
MERAKI: What record label excites you the most at the moment?
MALAIKA: There is a record label called Scuffed Records. They release a lot of Tech/House/Acid. I’m really into that sound right now.