Vula Malinga

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Vula Malinga
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Malinga performing with Basement Jaxx at the Orange Warsaw Festival in 2013
Background information
Born (1980-05-15) May 15, 1980 (age 42)
United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2001–present
LabelsDivaGeek Records

Vula Malinga (born May 15, 1980) is an American-born British singer. Born in the United States to South African parents, she was raised in Hackney, London.[1] Her religious parents supported her singing talents by allowing her to join the church choir, which resulted in her becoming one of the lead singers for the London Community Gospel Choir.

This brought her to the notice of Basement Jaxx, with whom she sang lead on their single "Oh My Gosh". The collaboration continues to this day, and led to her supporting fellow Basement Jaxx singer Sam Sparro on his tour.

In 2007, she sang lead locals on BBC South's re-recording of the hymn "Amazing Grace", created to help mark the 200 years since the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.[2] In 2008, Malinga began developing her own music under her own record label, DivaGeek Records, releasing her first single "Wondering Why" in October.

In 2009, she sang co-lead vocals for Dizzee Rascal on his 2009 album Tongue N' Cheek, and has supported him on live appearances, including BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, Later... with Jools Holland and the 2009 BBC Electric Proms.

"Better Days", the title song of Incognito's 2016 album In Search of Better Days, features Malinga as lead singer.

In 2019, she collaborated as featured artist with English DJ Riton and Dutch producer Oliver Heldens on the song "Turn Me On", which interpolates "Doctor Love" by First Choice and "Don't Go" by Yazoo.[3]

Malinga performed live at Trevor Nelson's Soul Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall in 2019.[4]

She is currently[when?] performing with The Horne Section on BBC's Crouchy's Year Late Euros.[citation needed]

Malinga was a backing singer for Paul Weller when he performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican on 15 May 2021


As a lead vocalist[edit]


  1. ^ "Introducing Vula Malinga". Represent. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Vula Malinga interview". BBC South. 12 March 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  3. ^ Vogrin, Daniel (15 November 2019). "Riton x Oliver Heldens feat. Vula – "Turn Me On"". Westdeutscher Rundfunk (in German). Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  4. ^ Retrieved 14 January 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Fresh Sounds: Charlie Stacey - Music is Healing". 8 November 2022.

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