Summer Sensations 2010: Maluca
Born in the Bronx and raised in Manhattan by Dominican parents, Maluca is that increasingly rare bird—a downtown girl who brings together the classic cool, glamour, grit and passion of New York City in an instant.
After meeting producer Diplo at a karaoke bar, the two starting working together, resulting in her debut single “El Tigeraso” (coming via Mad Decent), an infectious track that draws on her Dominican merengue roots fused with electro.
Maluca had her first public perfomance at the SXSW FADER fort this year and tore the roof off with a short set that showcased her wide range of influences, from artists such as ESG, Savannah Band, Wu Tang Clan, Gil Scott Heron and Nina Simone to styles like merengue, salsa, cumbia, house, disco and freestyle. Keep your eyes open and platanos peeled for the self proclaimed “Half Dominican, half pain in the ass.”
View Maluca in our Summer Sensations 2010 Lookbook.
Watch “El Tigeraso”:
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