Vula Malinga was born in 1980 in Texas US was always surrounded by amazing music from George Benson, Al Jarreau, Barry White to Rick James, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, Minnie Riperton, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson… the seeds were being planted for what was to come in the future…

In beautiful Winchester some years later Ben Jones was born. Growing up Ben was fortunate to have access to his parents record collection.. In this ‘said’ collection included artists such as MJ, Level 42, Steely Dan, Thomas Dolby, Van Halen, Prince, Peter Gabriel, James Brown… to name but a few.

Fast forward to now, DivaGeek, made up of London based vocalist Vula Malinga & multi-instrumentalist/producer Ben Jones, DivaGeek release their debut album, ‘He Said, She Said’, independently on DivaGeek Records.

DivaGeek – EPK @divageekmusik

Already having a release under their belts with Vula‘s 2008 EP ‘If You Want It’, Vula and Ben continue their musical journey with DivaGeek, a refreshing combination of Neo Soul, Funk & R’n’B with an Electric Dance feel, giving listeners that ‘Electric-Soul’ sound they are becoming known for.

Four years in the making alongside a delicate juggling act of working with other industry names such as Jazmine Sullivan, Sam Sparro, Kelly Rowland & Basement Jaxx, both Vula & Ben have used every ounce of their spare time to complete the first instalment from the DivaGeek project.

DivaGeek – Oh La Laa (live) @divageekmusik

15 tracks make up ‘He Said, She Said’, including a cover of Hall & Oates‘ ‘I Can’t Go For That‘, which both Vula and Ben added as a nod of respect to the music surrounding them growing up in the 80s and the album continues to show the pairs’ influences by a plethora of artists such as: Level 42, Prince, Janet & Michael Jackson, George Benson, Faith Evans, Sting & The Police, and the music that surrounds them today, DivaGeek bring together an eclectic sound with their debut material.

“During the process of making this album, it was my musical friends that influenced me the most, whether it be them playing material from other artists or just hanging with them.” says Ben Jones, the alleged ‘Geek’ of the group.

Whilst the ‘Diva’, singer Vula adds: “With Ben’s productions, I found it easy to come up with melodies that I felt and I just played around a lot while working on my inner ‘SWV, Janet or Faith’-ness!’ A hearty chuckle comes from the pint sized singer

“We came up with something people were finding a bit different and I think that’s because we are just making music we want to make. There’s no agenda or pre-thought out plan to make hits per say, we just hope people enjoy what we do!”

DivaGeek – He Said, She Said (live) @divageekmusik

Technically accomplished and full of rich orchestration and electronic flourishes, ‘He Said, She Said’ somehow still manages to keep a lightness of touch and an instant pop appeal, with stand-out tracks: ‘Oh La Laa!‘, ‘Hangin‘, Wid U‘ and ‘Money‘ and, of course, the title track ‘He Said, She Said’.

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Rahsaan Patterson


Many Thanks to So Soulful (DJ Jai)