Born and bred in south London, Maleek was influenced by the iconic R&B and soul acts he grew up listening to including Michael Jackson, Jodeci, Boyz II Men, and Tevin Campbell which led to him singing in church and subsequently forming a group with two of his friends where he started to hone his performance, writing and production skills. Following a family trip to Nigeria in 2011 he was introduced to Lagos’ thriving music scene through good friend and artist Davido which sparked his journey to becoming an international music producer as he went on to produce one of the biggest singles in Nigeria that year with Sauce Kid’s ‘Carolina’ featuring Davido, before going on to executive produce Wande Coal’s second album ‘WANTED’ in 2015. Maleek’s debut as a solo artist saw him enlisting the talents of UK rap artist Sneakbo on the popular ‘For My People’ (2015) which paved the way for last year’s ‘Last Daze of Summer’ EP which has amassed a staggering 70 million plus combined streams and thrust him firmly into the international spotlight. Also collaborating with the likes of Wale, Wizkid, Davido, Runtown and Iyanya, he has most recently collaborated with Jidenna – appearing on the track ‘Bambi’ alongside Migos’ Quavo, taken from Jidenna’s brand-new ‘Boomerang’ EP – and Burna Boy.
Following the runaway global success of his ‘Last Daze of Summer’ EP – spawning the global underground hit ‘Kontrol’ which has amassed well over 50 million streams in just over a year – and his recent critically celebrated tracks ‘Been Calling’ and ‘Pon My Mind’ which lead to him receiving two MOBO Award nominations for Best Male and Best African Act at last November’s ceremony, the British-born Nigerian artist and producer Maleek Berry has returned with the release of his highly anticipated new EP ‘First Daze of Winter’.
Maleek enters 2018 again confirming his position as one of music’s hottest and most exciting properties.