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Malia: Black Orchid

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When Malawian vocalist Malia first broke through in the mid-aughts, it was with the dense, production-heavy albums Yellow Daffodils and Young Bones. Overflowing with pop-soul sass, they were filled with both slick originals like “Mr. Candy” and “Richer Than Bill Gates” and inventive covers, including a freeform, funkified “Solitude.” All of which is a far cry from the stark, and stunning, Black Orchid, a fine, sensitive tribute to Nina Simone.

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