RIFFARRICA (ex-Duo Malva & Priks) started in 2016. Kulno Malva and Kristjan Priks, both experienced folk musicians, joined forces to make vigorous and masculine folk music, drawing inspiration from centuries-old folktale songs. The combination of Kulno’s raspy vocals, dynamic accordion grooves and the sound of Kristjan’s distinctive drum set gave birth to a fresh and exciting sound –“Folk with muscle”, as Baltic Music News so accurately named it.
“Accordion, vocals and percussion create a sound that you’d never associate with just two musicians – with a little help from some electronic gadgets, the accordion starts to screech like a hard rock guitar or obtains a tonal ambience as rich as that of a grand piano. It helps to emphasise the strong groove which is an unmistakable trademark of the duo.”
Dani Heyvaert, Rootstime
In 2017, Duo Malva & Priks released an EP “Mässiv”
Kulno Malva – accordion, Estonian bagpipe, vocals
Kristjan Priks – drums, vocals
The roots of our music go deep down.
Into the crisp nordic soil.
Therefrom we draw inspiration.
To bear something that would be just as dense and bitter, as coarse and rocky as we like.
Because less would not be enough.
In this crisp land of ours.
Less than a music that is so heavy and hearty that it makes your knees bend.
And hearts beat faster than nordic custom demands.