Mali Mali

Mali Mali


Straight up songs with stuff going on the background. Nice Stuff.

Melencholic, Direct, Hopeful.


After parting ways with his original band in early 2010, Auckland based singer/songwriter Ben Tolich found new freedom in building songs and sounds on his own with an uninhibited state of mind. This impulse to create music with an honest and authentic mood grew alongside influence from artists such as The National, Sigur Rós and Bon Iver.

As a live band Mali Mali perform as a three-piece, not taking conventional roles and allowing members Joel Greatbatch and Peter Reid in whatever instrument they take their hands to, resulting in a minimal but lush sound.

Recorded and produced by David Parker at Little Monster studios and crafted with the help of fellow musicians Peter Reid, Andrew Madjar and Alex Freer (Artisan Guns), 'Brotherly' (Mali Mali's second EP) delivers stripped back and direct songs against a backdrop of contrasting atmosphere. Its subtle, slow burning and beautiful melodies colour your imagination with instinctive sensitivity, using hints and lures more than punches or shouts, to lasting effect.

Currently Mali Mali are adding the finishing touches to their debut album recorded in Cairns Australia by ex "The Middle East" member Mark Myers.


1) "Mali Mali" (self titled EP)

2) "Brotherly" (EP)

3) (currently finishing off debut album)

"Cisco" - played on Kiwi FM

"Your Glowing Skin" -played on Kiwi FM

"Roman's Hawk" - played on Life FM