Malika Tirolien Bio
From Guadeloupe, GRAMMY-nominated vocalist, songwriter and producer Malika Tirolien is an explosive mix of creativity, dedication and genuineness. Her love, passion and respect for music can be felt in the sparkling authenticity of her performances in which her soaring voice immediately grabs your attention and her well-crafted compositions present effusive emotions through conscious and engaged lyrics.
Montreal based, she has been garnering international attention for almost a decade, striking with her electrifying performance on “I’m Not The One”, a prime track on the GRAMMY-winning album “Family Dinner - Vol. 1” by Snarky Puppy that has been inspiring countless covers worldwide.
She then released her self produced, composed and written debut album “Sur La Voie Ensoleillée” who reached #5 on the Canadian r&b/soul iTunes charts before she became the lead singer and co-leader of super group BOKANTÉ with mastermind producer and musician Michael League. The 9 piece band formed in 2016 has since then, toured in over 20 countries and released two critically acclaimed albums, the most recent one, “What Heat” (in collaboration with the Metropole Orkest) being nominated as Best World Music Album at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards.
It is best to “never change a winning team”, so Malika Tirolien and Michael League co-produced Malika’s sophomore solo album, the second installment of a tetralogy that started with her debut album.
Released at the beginning of 2021 (after being delayed by a certain pandemic), the awaited album showcases a new genre called “Highsoul”, mixing r&b, soul, hip hop and jazz to create the soundtrack of a psychedelic trip from anger to forgiveness.
February 26, 2021
HIGHER is like a map through the world of somebody's mind. I see that person as a black woman navigating between being a warrior and wanting to cultivate her loving side at the same time. Struggling to find balance between her will to fight and her desire to surrender to love, the necessity to stay grounded and the calling to elevate and fly. The journey that has been started with Sur La Voie Ensoleillée is continuing with HIGHER, where she no longer walks but levitates.