WHO’S FAMILY? In the early 90's, Malka Family flies right through the galaxy to convert France to happiness and Fun(k), thanks to their legendary and contagious music packed with laughs or their sparkling and shining costumes. Successors of George Clinton and his Cosmic P-Funk, this full big band turns stages into fire all around the world with their outstanding energy.
Malka Family is now back! With a brand new album called "Le Retour du Kiff", a sort of a mood enhancing, deeply needed source in those pessimistic and gloomy times. Today, the new generation still dances on funky music thanks to Daft Punk who nowadays uses big bands on their own project, or Bruno Mars featuring Mark Ronson and the popular "Uptown Funk"; So ? Isn't that the very best time for big funky families to be back on stage and show what the word FUNK really means?
WHAT THE KIF ? « Le kif is the enchantment through kids’ eyes. Malka Family explains back in 1991: “Our music spreads love because our strength is laughter, the best way of fighting against sadness across our beloved planet”.
A the end of the 80’s, Joseph as “Jo Mannix” Guigui and Laurent as “Isaac” Cohen, the two first members of the Family decide, Soul and Funk music in their veins, to organize huge parties with people like : Jean François Bizot (Actuel/Nova), DJ Dee Nasty « Grandmaster » from la Zulu Nation in France, and Loïk Dury, they also create the « Novamix » on Nova Radio, and start the popular parties, from 10pm until sunset, called « Chez Roger Funky dancing » at the Globo,. It is actually like thousands of people coming from different countries and nations who gather in a kind of Funky music Church! Those parties were so popular that VIP guests like Philippe Stark, Spike Lee or Jean Baptiste Mondino couldn’t miss one while being in France, you could listen to Africa Bambataa or Public Enemy performing at “Chez Roger” as if they were at home. Simultaneously, in order to express their freedom and happiness, these young and passionate musicians organized jam sessions in the heart of Paris… This is where the story of Malka Family begins…
OUFS ON THE BEACH ! In 1991, 9, 12 and eventually 14 members of the « Happy Family » recorded their first self-produced album called “Malka On the Beach”, followed by a second one, “Tous des Oufs” by Warner Music producers. This is when the Kif begins to spread love : France, Swizerland, Italy, Japan, even in the gigantic Danish Festival called the Roskilde. The Bataclan gets sold out three times in a row (in 1991, 1995 and 1997), same thing at la Mutualité in 1992. Funk you ! Merci !
Nevertheless, in the late 90’s, reality takes over… Music assisted by Computer is in the air and this is the end of big bands. Small is beautiful, even though Malka Family is the only French group to have shared the stage with Daft Punk!
Last Tour (Les Francofolies de Montréal), last album (Fotoukonkass / BMG Music) recorded with Renaud Létang, one of the best Producers in France (Manu Chao, Feist, Emilie Simon, Alain Souchon…). Malka Family finally decides to split, going their separate ways…
WHAT THE FUNK ?! Ironically those who turned their back on the Family are now the ones who claim for their « return ». DJ’s or electronic music producers want to add the warmth of live instruments, either on their tracks or on stage. Well, it seems like this is definitely the good time!
Malka Family, full of various experiments for the past 18 years is back on stage, ready to spread good vibes all around the world, surrounded and supported by their unconditional fans. It’s time for “Le retour du Kiff”, their brand new album produced with the same magical ingredients : a bunch of crazy songs and rythmes; sounds… so naturally warm, analogic recording again, a bowl of vitamins for a full energy refill. And then comes the Spirit itself… Crazy ! Oh so Crazy ! You said stage ? Surely ! What would Malka Family be without staging? Visually sparkling and colorful reminding the out of nowhere Parliament/Funkadelic Shows…
So now what? Well, the return of Malka Family is good news for everyone who needs a love injection, which is the case of so many people nowadays. So “when we sing On the beach », (…) “We don’t give a shit, this is what it really means”, they say.
This is an invitation to join them on board, for a new Space adventure, across their own dimension full of a thousand outstanding colours, where only Funk is King.