RIFFARRICA (formerly known as 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 March 2019, Riffarrica released their album “Riffarrica”.
In 2017, Duo Malva & Priks released an EP “Mässiv”
accordion, Estonian bagpipe, vocals