Mumbai, 22nd June 2023: Mali releases an old favourite, Walk Away, which only existed in the form of a YouTube live session for over 6 years. The song, even before its formal release, was a hit. It’s a perpetual request at all Mali’s live performances and has been covered multiple times by other artists on YouTube and at college fests.
Watch the song here:
Around a decade ago, Mali’s best friend suffered a bad breakup and went through a difficult time processing it. It was around this time that Mali herself had split from her band and was embarking on a solo career. She channelled both experiences into writing Walk Away, a song about picking up the pieces and finding strength in going it alone. The single explores a more neo-folk pop sound and has been reimagined to be darker and more ambient than the live version which existed before.
Hailing from Chennai, India and based in Mumbai, Mali, born Maalavika Manoj, has worked with some of the biggest names in the Indian music business such as Oscar & Grammy award winning music composer AR Rahman and Anirudh Ravichander. She has lent her voice to several leading advertising campaigns in India. As a solo artist, she’s been a frequent TedX speaker and in 2021, Forbes listed her as one of “India’s 30 Under 30”. She was selected to be a part of Spotify’s global RADAR program. More recently, Mali performed at the first ever edition of Lollapalooza India and performed for the grand opening of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre in Mumbai.
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