Mala in Cuba // European Tour 2012 // Paris & Berlin dates added!
October 22, 2012
Oct 27 // Turin, Club To Club Festival // TICKETS
Nov 17 // London, Electric Brixton // TICKETS
Nov 20 // Paris, La Bellevilloise // TICKETS
Nov 22 // Berlin, Gretchen Club // TICKETS
Nov 24 // Amsterdam, MC Theatre // TICKETS
Nov 30 // Brussels, VK* // TICKETS
Dec 01 // Utrecht, Le Guess Who Festival // TICKETS
Heralding a new phase in his illustrious musical career, Mala (Digital Mystikz) makes the transition from DJ to live artist, performing tracks from his universally acclaimed debut album ‘Mala in Cuba’.
A devotee of Jamaican sound system culture and deeply entrenched in the UK’s perpetually shifting bass continuum, Mala has built a sterling reputation for sonic innovation and exploration (via his own productions and those on his labels DMZ and Deep Medi Musik). Playing a pivotal role in the growth of the so-called “dubstep” sound from tiny, local collective to international movement, he has remained steadfastly independent; committed to his philosophy of sound as a unifying force; and loyal to the culture of vinyl that is so engrained in British sound system culture.
Stepping out of his comfort zone in 2011, Mala travelled to Havana, Cuba with Gilles Peterson to record and collaborate with local musicians as part of the ongoing Havana Cultura project. The resulting album ‘Mala in Cuba’ is a true culture clash: a marriage of the intricate rhythms and deep, spiritual roots of Cuba with Mala’s own Jamaican heritage and the UK’s legendary sound system culture. The space, depth and weight of the sound is vintage Mala, but the melodies, licks, chord progressions, rhythms and chattering percussion are uniquely Cuban.
Taking the show live is the next challenge for Mala. In the past year he has consciously stepped out of his comfort zone and is entering a new phase in his career. “It [travelling to Cuba] made me look at myself in a different way, it made me look at working with others in a different way and you end up not being so precious about what you’re doing. You have to be open in order to allow change to happen, for things to move forward… I’m not sure I can go back again to the way that I used to just make music. I think I will always look at it from this point of view that I have now.”