Malak El Husseiny, known as Malak is an Egyptian singer/songwriter, growing up in Cairo to an Egyptian father and half Lebanese mother. Malak was raised listening to an extensive record collection, featuring the likes of Guns & Roses, Dire Straits, Cat Stevens to name a few.
After launching her career in 2014, she released debut EP Alters, followed by a number of singles such as Wild Sumer Hearts and Spirits Of Time garnering regional radio attention and over 1 million plays online. Malak gives a voice to Arab women in her latest release Can’t Catch an Emotion.
Her voice has been described as warm and evocative with her songs being described as being Mid-tempo slow burners with a pop feel by Rolling Stone Middle East. Malak explores her journey through love in its different forms and all the euphoric revelations that come with embracing it. Telling her stories through soulful melodies and compositions, Malak sings of the vulnerabilities of being a modern Arab woman. Can’t Catch an Emotion features her honeyed vocals which are almost hypnotising, Malak has the ability to draw you in to be a part of her story.
Speaking on Can’t Catch an Emotion, Malak says I wrote Can’t Catch an Emotion at a time when I felt completely disconnected from myself and everything around me. For the longest time I found it difficult to feel things like I used to and coming from an emotional person, that indifference was very foreign to me. I decided to write about the only emotion I could put into words at the time. I was physically there, but I was somewhere else completely. By writing and working on this song, I slowly started to connect to myself again as an artist and was able to do more than just “drag my body through time”.
Malak has also supported big names such as Oscar and The Wolf and Balthazar, with a debut album set for release in the summer of 2020.