KiNG MALA is an alternative Soul artist based in Los Angeles. AKA Areli Castro, the El Paso born musician pens songs which touch on themes from lust, sexuality and badass femininity. Not afraid to spill her guts, the songwriter set out with the hopes to spark confidence in both herself and her listeners, creating music that will make you walk taller and speak louder. Both her music and visuals experiment with masculine tropes, sharing "There's something about taking something traditionally masculine and wearing it as a woman that makes me feel really powerful." These masculine threads weave throughout everything she does, hence King rather than Queen and "MALA" which roughly translates to "bad bitch" in Spanish. Sharing her feelings from the bottom of her heart KiNG MALA encourages you to dig deep and connect with your inner-self. Life is messy and we shouldn’t feel ashamed to show our emotions and speak our minds.
Following KiNG MALA's hit release, "she calls me daddy" - her latest is titled “mercy”. The song focuses on the juxtaposition between bad habits and remorse from old behavior when she was growing. Lyrically shedding light on battling mental illness while balancing hauntingly beautiful vocal melodies. She confides, “I have said things I will regret forever and every day I search for the good within me and search for the proof that those things are not who I really am. Sometimes all you can do is forgive yourself and look for the good... that's what this song means to me.”
The music video for "mercy" is set to be premiered on youtube July 23rd at 6pm!
IG & Twitter: @kingmalamusic
Images by @jadesdlr & @conner_sorensen
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