Bokanté’s Malika Tirolien announces new solo album and shares video for ‘RISE’

Grammy-nominated vocalist, songwriter and producer Malika Tirolien has announced her second album HIGHER, and shared the first track, 'RISE'.

Originally from Guadeloupe and now based in Montreal, Canada, Malika is the singer in Bokanté, whose second Grammy-nominated album What Heat was released on Real World Records in 2018. Co-produced by Tirolien and Michael League (Snarky Puppy, Bokanté), HIGHER is the singer’s second solo album,  and is set for release early next year. The first single, “RISE,” is out now.

This song is the celebration of change through unity and revolution,” says Tirolien. “It is the realisation that we are living a historical moment: the rise of humanity’s consciousness and power.

Malika Tirolien - RISE (Official Video)
"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." Malika Tirolien

HIGHER will be released on Michael League’s GroundUP label. Listen to ‘RISE’ now and pre-order the album through the link below.

LISTEN / PRE-ORDER

Further Listening

  • What Heat

    Bokanté + Metropole Orkest (Conducted by Jules Buckley)

    Released 27 September 2018

    Bokanté traces the blues from its roots in Africa and the Arab world throughout the diaspora and into a modern context. Led by Michael League (Snarky Puppy), the album features Guadeloupean vocalist Malika Tirolien and is a collaboration with the Metropole Orkest and arranger/conductor Jules Buckley.

By Online Editor

Main image: Malika Tirolien. Photo courtesy of GroundUP Music.

Published on Fri, 16 October 20

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