While he’s best known for writing all his own material, Mali Music is not afraid of paying tribute to and putting his own touch on songs from artists he admires. As discussed in SoulBounce’s recent interview with him, Mali knows how to put his stamp on anything he touches. One such song is Prince‘s multi-platinum, number one hit “When Doves Cry.” The timeless single, from 1984’s Purple Rain, is one of those quintessential Prince classics that needs to be handled with care.
But in the hands of this inspirational singer, one need not fear. Mali puts his unique twist on it, switching up the lyrics on the verse to reflect his own personal struggles and empowering mission (“Living is just surviving / And I want to be thriving”). He also updates the ’80s hit by stripping it down to an a cappella version that is contemporary, fresh and yet breathtakingly powerful. His expressive vocals remain at the forefront throughout with subtle effects, resulting in a dynamic and yet haunting version that reflects the complex emotions and issues discussed in the song.
Take a listen to Mali’s rwwork of “When Doves Cry” and see if you agree.