Maluca Mala

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Maluca Mala
Birth nameNatalie Ann Yepez[1]
OriginWashington Heights, Manhattan[1]
GenresElectro, experimental tropical punk, ghettotech, hip house[1]
LabelsRPM MSC, Mad Decent
Associated actsDiplo, Gilbere Forte, Dillon Francis, Don Diablo

Natalie Ann Yepez,[1] better known by her stage name Maluca, grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan.[1] Raised on a steady diet of bachata, cumbia, merengue, and mambo, as well as hip-hop and other club music,[1] Maluca's music has been described as "experimental tropical punk, ghetto tech, and hip-house".[1] Although a bad case of stage fright kept her out of the spotlight for much of her life, a chance meeting with Diplo while performing karaoke eventually led to "El Tigeraso", Maluca's first single.[2]

The years 2009 and 2010 saw her touring, performing, and releasing what she calls "tropical punk" tracks.[3] Since the release of her single in 2009, Maluca has recorded tracks that range from merengue mashups to kuduro to old-school deep house and focused on her stage show, which includes two dancers named the Cookies.[4] China Food is her latest release as she prepares for a second visit to South by South West.

The name Maluca in Spanish is a derivative of Mala which means bad or mean girl. In Portuguese Maluca means a crazy or mischievous girl.[5]



Title Year Peak position
El Tigeraso 2009 11


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Album
US Latin Rhythm
"El Tigeraso" (feat. Diplo) 2009 11 FIFA 11 & Tuenti Movil Advert (soundtrack)
"Hector" 2010 - China Food mixtape
"Trigger" 2014 - -
"Mala" 2016 - -

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Album
US Latin Rhythm
"La Campana" (Tittsworth and Alvin Risk featuring Maluca) 2011 - FIFA 12 (soundtrack)
Two Strokes Raw
"Que Que" (Dillon Francis and Diplo featuring Maluca) 2011 - Que Que Remixes
"My Window" (Don Diablo featuring Maluca) 2015 - -
"Love Is Free" (Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique featuring Maluca) - -
"Bury Me" (Brodinski feat. Maluca & Bricc Baby Shitro) - Brava


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Maluca". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Artist to Watch: Maluca". XLR8R.
  3. ^ "Interview SXSW 2010: Maluca". Spinner.
  4. ^ "A New York Thing". VMagazine.
  5. ^ "Let's Talk Maluca". Mun2.
  6. ^ a b "Maluca on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-05-12.

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