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On The Corner Masthead


June 13, 2017 | by Ross Eustis

Malika Tirolien

Malika Tirolien fronts Snarky Puppy's project Bokanté – a supergroup of Snarky Puppy members (including Michael League), lap steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier and a trio of percussionists including longtime Paul Simon hand drummer Jamey Haddad and Banda Magda/Snarky Puppy multi-instrumentalist Keita Ogawa. Here's five things to know about Malika Tirolien.

  1. Malika Tirolien was raised on the island of Guadeloupe in an artistic family - her grandfather inspired her with poems, her grandmother was a pianist, and her father was a self taught multi-instrumentalist.
  2. A powerful stage performer, Malika took the lead in Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba.
  3. She was one of eight featured artists on Snarky Puppy’s GRAMMY-winning Family Dinner, singing "I’m Not The One."
  4. Malika’s solo release, "Sur La Voie Ensoleilee (On the High Road)" combines her life's influences – from the Carribean vocals and rhythms of her native Guadeloupe, to soul, jazz and hip-hop she became immersed in while studying and gigging in Montreal.
  5. Bokanté, Malika's new project with Snarky Puppy, debuted at the GroundUp Music Festival in 2016. In the words of Michael League: “Unity was paramount in the formation of this group. Though the ensemble is multi-lingual, multi-cultural, and multi-generational, we all feel connected as musicians and people. And in combining our different accents I feel that there is a strangely common and poignant sound, one that can reach and relate to listeners around the world.”