Following the runaway global success of his ‘Last Daze of Summer’ EP – spawning the global underground hit ‘Kontrol’ which has amassed over 46 million streams in less than a year – the British-born Nigerian artist and producer Maleek Berry has returned with the release of his new track ‘Been Calling’.
Written and produced by Maleek, the vibrant, summer-ready song premiered on Julie Adenuga’s Beats 1 show last night and provides a taster of more new music to come this year which he is set to perform at his highly anticipated, sold-out headline show at London’s Scala on July 27th, his just announced slot at Philadelphia’s Made in America festival in September and Encore Festival Amsterdam in August. ‘Been Calling’ perfectly showcases Maleek’s unique and addictive sounds which sublimely fuse R&B, African, reggae and hip-hop influences and have led to collaborations with the likes of Wale, Wizkid, Davido, Runtown and Iyanya.
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 been streamed a staggering 69 million times and thrust him firmly into the international spotlight. He recently whetted the appetite of the huge fanbase he has garnered over the past two years, with the release of the breath-taking visuals for his track ‘On Fire’, which was shot on the streets of Shitta, Surulere in Lagos, and has supporters old and new eagerly anticipating the promise of more new tracks and visuals following the release of future hit ‘Been Calling’!