- 200+ Attendees at first headlining show at Motorco Music Hall ( JAN. 2018)
- opened for big Freedia
- Featured in Indy Week (Jan. 2018)
- opened for oshun at kings (March 2018)
- 2017 earth girls music festival headliner
- FEATURED IN NYLON MAGAZINE
- FEATURED IN BLAVITY
- HOPSCOTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL DAY PARTY
- ART OF COOL MUSIC FESTIVAL DAY PART
- "ILLEGAL" single RADIO PREMIERE WITH RADIO ONE's k97.5
THE DAUGHTER OF A CAMEROONIAN AMBASSADOR, M8ALLA, born Mballa in paris, france, CAME INTO THE WORLD DESTINED TO LOVE AND ABSORB NEW CULTURES -- TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. RAISED IN WASHINGTON, DC, SHE USES HER INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE TO SING OVER PERCUSSION-HEAVY BEATS WITH R&B INFLUENCE AND AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN INFLECTIONS. IT'S A GENRE SHE'S GROWN TO CALL "TRIBAL TRAP". SHE HAS BEEN FEATURED IN MAJOR PUBLICATIONS LIKE THE SOURCE, BLAVITY, AND NYLON MAGAZINE. MOST RECENTLY m8alla SHARED A STAGE WITH nationally renowned acts big frieda and OSHUN. M8alla says the use of the number '8' in her stage name represents the curves of a woman's body, but is also an allusion to an m8 assault rifle. she feels her music captures the essence of both. m8alla is CURRENTLY PREPARING THE RELEASE OF HER FIRST EVER PROJECT, "NEVER LEAVE QUIETLY."
It all started when M8alla moved to Washington, DC as a toddler. In middle school she indulged in the rich local arts and entertainment scene by attending numerous spoken word events all of which would inspire her future in songwriting. An unexpected fight with a rare cancer at the age of 13 changed her perspective and priorities. This put music on hold...
Her father became a political prisoner in Cameroon five days before her 18th birthday and passed away in November 2014 before ever being exonerated.
With her greatest fears having become reality, MBalla decided to abandon any that remained, including her fear of failure. In memory of her father's diplomatic life track, she's now dedicated herself to a music career that allows her to build a bridge between R&B, Trap/hip hop and reggae lovers of different cultures. Mballa is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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