Mallqui is a luminous newcomer to Latin pop music. This dynamic singer, songwriter, artist was born Cesar Javier Mallqui Luna in the little beach town of Camaná, Peru during the 1990s. It was in these beginnings that Mallqui was exposed to Cumbia, Salsa, Musica Criolla and Afro-Peruvian Music. During his formative high school years, Mallqui moved to America: to the frenetic energy of Queens, NYC. It was here that Mallqui learned English and picked up his first guitar. Mallqui was captivated by the rise of the new genre, Reggaeton and the chromatic sounds of 2000s Hip Hop: bouncy club anthems and conscious rhymes with old school beats. Some of these early influences were Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Hector El Father, Wisin y Yandel, Zion y Lennox, rappers like Biggie Smalls, Mob Deep and Tupac. The Dominican and Puerto Rican freestyle rappers who hung outside of school also had an impact on young Mallqui. Ultimately, it was this bridge between the two worlds that sparked Mallqui’s desire to pave the way for musical talent all over South America.
In the Incan heritage, Mallqui is not only the artist’s last name, it also has great spiritual meaning. To his ancestors, Mallqui is seed buried to be reborn from the darkness. It is the spirit that connects all trees. Trees are similar to human neurons and act as the nervous system of the planet. Calling upon the Mallqui anchors both heaven and earth into consciousness.
A storyteller through his music, Mallqui has a romantic street style that is playful smooth and sultry. In contrast, other lyrics are conscious driven mantras, tuned to the depths of his sensitive soul. Mallqui’s songs are meant to inspire and heal, to laugh and help others find joy in the simple pleasures of life.