06
Jun

Field Sessions - Mali Mali: Song for the Sun

"Song for the Sun" was the first song I released from my debut album which came out a year ago. It’s been a year of great importance. Like most of the songs on that album, it seemed to pre-empt a challenging time in my life. It could be described simply as a song about not letting the sun go down on your worries, address them, as each day is a gift and needs to be appreciated. My relationship with people around me, my music, and most importantly myself were stretched to the limits during this year and I’m so grateful for what I’ve learnt and continue to learn.
I guess I’m saying this because music seems to be very important to me and my relationship with it was certainly tested this past year. I want the few people who listen to know I appreciate it sooo much. There’s a lot going on out there and if you have made time to let my songs have some significance for you it means a whole lot. I love creating and I’m gonna keep doing my thing. 
So on that note, here’s a live video of me playing that song, filmed and recorded during parachute weekend in January by the great Dan Fowler and Ben Bartlett. Thanks guys!

Peace,

Ben

18
Jul

Susan King

Recently I watched “Pictures of Susan” for the second time with my folks.
It’s a film documentary about Susan Te Kahurangi King, the self taught artist who lives in Auckland and - over 30 years ago - drew a picture that would become my debut album cover. That cover is really just a snippet of thousands of other drawings she’s done. Drawings that never intended to be seen by others but luckily for us and thanks to a devoted family who uncovered and sorted all her work, we are able to emerse ourselves in them.
I’ve loved Susans work since I became friends with her family about 10 years ago. I love her work for that very reason, you can totally emerse and lose yourself in it. The detail and mystery in her drawings can bring you to tears. Although I can’t compare my songs with her drawings I’d hope by having one on the cover of my record will invite you to listen beyond the surface. 
The songs aren’t overly complicated or even polished but every note, word, noise and non-noise is there for a reason.
It was a privilege looking through folders and folders of her work to find that drawing, and I’m so happy to be able to use her work with my work. It’s an ongoing inspiration and a good reminder for me to be creating because I love it and because I have to. To try and express what I can’t explain, to sing what I can’t speak, regardless of who finds it.

Thanks Susan and the King Family.

Check her out and learn about her amazing story.

http://www.susanking.co.nz/


Ben

09
May

Gather Round The Gooseclock out TODAY!

Hi You. I’m so happy to finally share my songs. I hope you can take something from them.

It’s out at CD stores in NZ and Australia.
You can also get it from the links bellow.

Thanks very much!

-Ben

http://malimali.bandcamp.com/

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/gather-round-the-gooseclock/id639961904

04
Apr
Hi friends! Yes, I know it’s been quiet. I have been busy pulling my brain apart to have new music presentable and ready for you.This is the cover of my debut album “Gather ‘round The Gooseclock”It was a true joy to make and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a date for you to hear it. May, 10, 2013I’ll keep it short and sweet for now but thanks so much for following Mali Mali up until this point. May it continue!LoveBen

Hi friends! Yes, I know it’s been quiet. I have been busy pulling my brain apart to have new music presentable and ready for you.

This is the cover of my debut album “Gather ‘round The Gooseclock”
It was a true joy to make and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a date for you to hear it.

May, 10, 2013

I’ll keep it short and sweet for now but thanks so much for following Mali Mali up until this point. May it continue!

Love

Ben

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