WINNER of a WAM Award for FOLK ACT OF THE YEAR 2013
NOMINATED for an ARIA for BEST BLUES & ROOTS ALBUM 2013
NOMINATED for an AIR Award for BEST BLUES & ROOTS ALBUM 2010/2013
SHORTLISTED for the VANDA & YOUNG SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Propelled by the idea of connection and alchemy, Mama Kin’s new album, The Magician’s Daughter, confronts the veil between the darkness and the light: the place where magic lives.
This is not the magic of top hats and rabbits, card tricks and disappearing acts. For Mama Kin, it is transformation through subtlety, the moment we are touched by the sense of things we don’t quite understand, but at the same time somehow inherently know.
“Magic occurs for me when someone’s own stories, songs and performance move me so deeply that I somehow feel more connected to myself and to humankind,” Mama Kin says.
Her debut album, Beat and Holler, was a war-cry and carnival of discovery from an artist who took many years to find her voice, and now her sophomore release, The Magician’s Daughter showcases an assuredness and potency that has come to define Mama Kin.
Created at the junction where strength meets vulnerability, Mama Kin’s music oozes soulfulness. Unafraid to mine the depths of the human condition, Mama Kin taps raw emotions, fears and insecurities, pushing the boundaries of self-expression and realisation.
“The very things that inspire me, also conspire to create my greatest challenges and breakthroughs,” Mama Kin says.
Beyond the depths of the human condition is Mama Kin’s connection to her family. As the youngest of six children, born into a family of Maltese extraction, her childhood was immersed in music. But it is her mother, an actual magician’s daughter, for whom her follow-up album is named. Mama Kin’s grandfather worked as a professional magician in post World War II Malta, and her mother, Iris, was one of his assistants.
“She knows the tricks, she understands and honours the importance of discretion, and to this day she won’t divulge the trade secrets,” Mama Kin says. “She was and still is engaged in the alchemy of performance, the importance that people believe, that they are left wondering if perhaps magic really does exist. She holds this knowledge and somehow weaves magic into her way. She is the ultimate magician, the holder and weaver of the smoke and mirrors, but somehow the truest believer.”
It is this mysticism, this intangible truth that underpins Mama Kin’s musical expression. For Mama Kin, this is what music is capable of conjuring: connection, release and human effect.
Mama Kin has shared stages nationally and internationally with the likes of Gurrumul, The John Butler Trio, Katy Perry, The Cat Empire and The Waifs. With a widespread reputation for her unique blend of foot-stomping soul and heart-wrenching ballads, Mama Kin is part raconteur and all-out entertainer.
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"It exists in the soulful place where art meets the world" The Sydney Morning Herald
"excellent, soulful and feisty" The West Australian
"complex and varied...exciting and intricate" Tone Deaf
"Feisty and full of heart and melody, Mama Kin's smoky vocals are both seductive and tender" ABC Radio
"The resut is hypnotic" Stack Magazine
“definitely my favourite and most inspiring album of the year so far” Triple J Magazine
“It doesn’t ever really let go, musically, sonically and emotionally” The Sydney Morning Herald
"a delicious hotpot of soulful grooves, seductive melodies, stomping percussive beats and classic old-world instrumentation” The Sunday Mail
"lashings of pop nous" Rolling Stone
“a remarkable piece of songwriting, so tender and real” The Melbourne Magazine, The Age
“really special, totally smouldering” The Sun-Herald
“a giddy joy to watch” FasterLouder