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Malika Makouf Rasmussen


Malika is a composer, musician and music producer. Her music has been described as contemporary music with a mature sensibility, the latest pulse to come out of the the emerging crossover scene in Europe.

Malika started playing the classical guitar nine years old and later moved on to the electric bass. Today she plays a several numbers of instruments and has been focusing on the traditional African Gimbre/Sintir for the past years.

In the age of fifteen she went spending a year with her father in Paris. Returning to Norway she settled on her own in Fredrikstad -a small town near the capital Oslo, started playing in different bands in the area, and at nineghteen graduated from Greåker Music College (1985). She later went on to Høgskolen i Telemark (college) and The Academy of Music in Oslo for music and cultural studies. She is for the present time a master student of philosophy at the University of Oslo.

In 1986 Malika moved to Paris, attracted by the creative friction that arises between people of different backgrounds. Her professional music career started in France and by the time she made Oslo her homebase in 1991, she had been touring across Europe and North Africa, had several CDs, radio-and TV shows on her résumé. In Oslo she began developing her own projects besides working as a session musician for recordings, TV and theatre. Malika now resides in Paris and Oslo.

In 1999 she founded the Women's Voice International Music Network, consisting of women from different parts of the world. The aim of the project is to bring to light gifted composers, musicians and songwriters and at the same time form a living network of performers.

Releasing her first solo album Exit Cairo in February 2006 Malika received panegyric reviews. Incorporating a variety of African and Western instruments blended with electronic sounds forms the sole foundation for her music. Malika relased her second album On Club in 2008; an atmosphere of rhythm and tones where traditional instruments and voices are painted onto an electronic canvas.
She is ready to release her third album in 2010.

Malika is also the founder of Global Oslo Music, Women's Voice Publishing and the label New Music. The companies employs people in art-direction, management, producing and booking and utilizes a network of independent distributors of music world wide.

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