Mali Music Announces New Album ‘The Transition of Mali’ [PHOTO]
After a three-year hiatus, Mali Music will return with his fourth studio album, The Transition of Mali. The 13-song album follows his 2014 effort, Mali Is..., which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
The set’s first single is “Gonna Be Alright,” which was produced by Salaam Remi. Mali Music describes it as his motivational song to help him get through the good and bad days in his life.
"It's kind of difficult to get a certain type of discouraged with the gift that I was given," he tells Billboard. "It doesn't make me impermeable, it doesn't mean that I can't be stopped or hurt, which is where love comes in but I definitely look to God, I look to love, I look to the word. Those things comfort me as a human being, as a man. It causes me to be able to always keep standing when it comes to my craft. And offer something beautiful even if I'm sick, up or down."
As for the album, Mali says fans should expect a wide range of subject matter and sounds on the project.
"So I'm so excited for the music to get to everybody, and you can expect so much. A lot of strings," he said. "We went to the Detroit Orchestra. There were some powerful compositions that we were able to do on some songs. Some crazy features that are on there."
"Everybody's doing music, but if you want to do music for real, it has to be something special," he continued. "And I think that every single song on this second of this album is that. It's been a lot of great music coming out so I'm grateful to be in this collage, this attempt to resurrect or restore creative, clean, beautiful art."
Mali Music's new album, Transition of Mali, will arrive in stores on June 2. You can pre-order the album this Friday (May 12).