If fusing languages and music genres were a sport, then NZ born Niuean musician Mal Lakatani would be a gold medalist.
Mal is an accomplished singer/song writer in English and Niuean. He has a feature song “Nukututaha” the compilation CD celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Pacific Music Awards. He is a wonderfully, gifted musician with talents that extend from lead vocals, guitars, keyboards and drums.
After many years traveling and touring the globe, with Polynesian group Te Vaka, Mal was inspired to embark on a personal voyage to pursue his own musical dreams. This adventure saw the solo performer propelled in front of his own people, at the spectacular opening night of The Pasifika Festival in 2004 and again in 2005. This experience paved the way for the innovative artist and led onto the creation of his first EP.
His first musical dream came to light in 2009 upon the independent release of his debut EP “Quote Unquote”. This beautiful piece of work saw Mal merge his soulful vocals alongside his contemporary interpretations of traditional Nuiean classics. This was an innovative feat that earned him three official nominations at the 2010 Pacific Music Awards. Mal is a renowned guitarist performing in many bands including The Kratez and Daylight Robbery – and his own 2 piece band aQstik Soul. Mal is also regularly invited as a guest artist for special events and performances.
“He is one of those untapped, unsigned artists who has all the elements of musicianship as a song writer, performer and producer…”
Mal Lakatani has fully immersed himself within his craft so it comes as no surprise to learn that he is also a qualified music teacher. In 2014 he established ‘The Creative Souls Projects’, and the ‘Little Souls Music Academy’, which are programmes that fully develop “ the talent, strengths and spirit of young people in the arts.”
Focusing on his work and family in recent years , 2015 sees Mal return to work on his own music, with Fiti Lagakali” being his first release. We know you’ll enjoy “Fiti Langakali” and hope you will add it to your playlist. We also encourage you to utilise the song to celebrate NZ Niuean Language Week (11-17 October 2015)
He is a regular on the local music scene and performs alongside established musicians such as Che Fu, Awa and David Dallas; further testifying to Mal’s well-rounded skills as an existing NZ artist.
“He’s not just a jammer he’s a supreme musician.”