Papa Mali


Papa Mali is a New Orleans singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer whose multi-faceted career has explored many areas of American and World Music. He was recently voted Best Roots Rock Artist by Offbeat Magazine’s readers, who also named his latest release, Music Is Love, as Roots Rock Album of the Year. Music Is Love was produced by veteran record producer John Chelew, a three- time Grammy winner for his work with The Blind Boys Of Alabama, whose many notable productions include records by Donovan, Charlie Musselwhite, Gillian Welch, Vic Chesnutt, Richard Thompson, John Hiatt and Peter Rowan. In 2015, Papa Mali signed with 429 Records, whose roster also includes Los Lobos, Boz Scaggs and Robbie Robertson.

In the past few years, Papa Mali’s original songs have been featured prominently in several popular television series, including American Horror Story (FX) Banshee (Cinemax) and most recently, Colony, an epic sci-fi drama, from the producers of Lost, which debuted on the USA network in January 2016. This has resulted in his music receiving over 500,000 plays to date, on streaming services such as You Tube, Spotify and Pandora and has created a new legion of Papa Mali fans, worldwide.

He is the founding member, lead singer and producer of 7 Walkers, a band formed in 2008 with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Meters bassist George Porter, Jr. and Matt Hubbard. Their self-titled 2010 release debuted at #1 on the Relix/Jamband charts, holding that position for the following three months. The single from that album, ‘King Cotton Blues’ features a Papa Mali vocal duet with Willie Nelson and is one of nine original compositions co-written for the album by Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter.

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