In 1990, Malka Family landed from planet Kif to convert France to their vibrant and crazy madness made of euphoric riffs and glittering suits. Direct heirs of George Clinton and his cosmic P-Funk, they quickly burn stages around the world with this communicative energy which only large ensembles have the secret.
This chapter will last ten years and Malka Family has to stop due to the coming of electronic music and techno stuff.
After a split in hyperspace, the time of an intergalactic blinking eyelash , they reform in 2018 with a new album, ”Le Retour Du Kif ” Several collaborations with various DJs, four clips and an EP later, always so crazy, they burn stages again.
It’s about time that the great mythical families of funk come back to give a lesson of Kif to the new generation.
How long have you been creating music?
Do you have a preferred genre?
Of course, first I will say P-Funk and all kind of funk music. And after all kind of African based music including Reggae, Hip Hop, Afro Cuban etc etc..
Tell us about your latest song, EP, or album.
Our last album, Superlune, was essentially composed during the first lockdown (2020). When you lock a musician, be sure he won’t be unhappy and create a lot. So we start working in distance exchanging our first ideas, this part of work gave the firsts demos of the LP. When times was easier to move so we got together in studio to record and produce these ideas.
Are there any challenging aspects to writing and/or recording your music?
Of course, there is. We are a Funk big band, so recording a Malka Family’s album is a huge work. It’s like filming a Peplum movie..
Has your style evolved since the beginning of you career?
Our style remains classic Funk, but the particularity of funk music is always to ingest the present and the technological advances, like synthesizers in the mid seventies. So today our recorded music has integrated all kind of these new tools that technologies provided, but the heart, the DNA of Malka Family is to play Funk and to make people dance together and make life a never-ending party
What do you enjoy most about being a musician?
Music is passion, music is emotions, music is inner-traveling. Making music is maybe the most incredible thing in life. Especially playing music together and feeling this osmosis Orgastic
Playing live or recording in studio? Do you have a preference?
I like both, for my part (I’m the producer of Malka Family), working in studio is a land of freedom and explorations. You never get fed up But being on stage with Malka Family is something you can’t imagine. You won’t find this energy and cosmic vibration anywhere else !!
Do you have a preference… vinyl records, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?
Vinyl… beyond compare
Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?
George Clinton – Parliament/Funkadelic of course. He’s cosmic inspiration is endless.. But you can add, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, Ohio Players, Graham Central Station, Prince, Michael Jackson etc etc Today I love Anderson Paak, some tracks of Vulfpeck, Burnaboy.. The is a good renew in Black music
Would you like to travel to other countries to perform your music? If so, what would be your first stop?
We traveled a lot with Malka Family (thanks’ to our tour manager) Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, Africa, Canada…but We never get to USA neither to Brazil… These are my wishes
Are you currently working on any projects we should look out for?
A musician is always working There is no and to the researches of a musician. We are actually working to collaborations with DJs and new scene We will let you know when
Is there something you would like to say, that we didn’t cover?
Fela Kuti used to say ”Music is the weapon of the future” I hope he was right.
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- Band: Malka Family
- EP or Album: Superlune
- Featured Song: Sur La Lagune