Dry eyes aside, staying awake to work on passion projects make me jubilant. Some weeks ago, I shot a ‘blind tweet’ into the atmosphere to get the attention of whoever represents Maluca. Within the 24-hour border that I set for myself, my girl Dana from Biz 3 came to the rescue. Not only was she the person I needed to be in touch (that I was already in touch with) in regards to the Dominican musician, but she also arranged an email interview with Maluca for me. Right now I am listening to her ‘El Tigeraso’ EP remix package on Apple Music, and I decided to share her latest music video for ‘Mala’, which premiered on i-D some weeks ago. Watch the Shahana Khan-directed video below and stay tuned for my new feature article about her on Myspace next week.
— Richardine Bartee (@THEYAMS) February 3, 2016
— Richardine Bartee (@THEYAMS) February 4, 2016
Read more about Maluca via Wikipedia
Natalie Ann Yepez, better known by her stage name Maluca, grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Raised on a steady diet of Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, and Mambo, as well as Hip-Hop and other club music, Maluca’s music, has been described as “experimental tropical punk, ghettotech, and hip-house”. Although a bad case of stage fright kept her out of the spotlight for much of her life, a chance meeting with Diplo while performing karaoke eventually led to ‘El Tigeraso’, Maluca’s first single.
The years 2009 and 2010 saw her touring, performing, and releasing what she calls “tropical punk” tracks. Since the release of her single in 2009, Maluca has recorded tracks that range from merengue mashups to kuduro to old-school Deep House and focused on her stage show, which includes two dancers named the Cookies. ‘China Food’ is her latest release as she prepares for a second visit to South by South West.
The name Maluca in Spanish is a derivative of Mala which means bad or mean girl. In Portuguese, Maluca means a crazy or mischievous girl.