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This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (June 2010) Papa Mali Background information Birth name Malcolm Welbourne Also known as Papa Mali Born May 6, 1957 Origin Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi - raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. Lifelong family and musical ties to New Orleans. Currently living near Austin, Texas. Genres Funk, Blues, Swamp, Soul, Instruments Guitar, Vocals Years active 1970s–present Labels Fog City Associated acts 7 Walkers Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne is a slide guitarist, singer, and songwriter who grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and is based in Austin, Texas. His debut recording Thunder Chicken, produced by Dan Prothero, has been referred to as "one of the few truly wild and unruly records to come from the rock & roll tradition in the 21st century".[1] Contents 1 Biography 2 Selected Discography 3 As Producer 4 With 7 Walkers 5 References 6 External links // Biography While still in grade school, he was conning his cousin to take him into the French Quarter so he could buy every element of Brian Jones's outfit from the front cover of The Rolling Stones High Tides & Green Grass. He had taken up the guitar at age four, and was learning to play rock and blues by the time he was eleven. At the age of twelve he witnessed The Meters performing on the back of a a flatbed truck in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day. This would have a lasting impact on the young musician. The great blues guitarist John Campbell took him under his wing when Welbourne was 14, and around that time he started taking the Blues seriously. By the time he was 17, he had left home and was hitch hiking around the south, playing guitar on the streets for passing change, playing in juke joints, forming short-lived bands or backing up blues and soul singers. A trip to Jamaica in 1977 exposed him to reggae music, and a few years later he teamed up with Michael E. Johnson and formed The Killer Bees in 1980. They continued to play for many years, eventually becoming one of the first American bands to perform at Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1988. Earlier, while on tour with Burning Spear aka Winston Rodney and his band, he received the nickname, Papa Mali from the reggae pioneers. By the time the Killer Bees disbanded, Papa Mali was ready to step out on his own and re-embrace his musical heritage, the swampy funk and bluesy soul of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. Upon the release of his debut album Thunder Chicken he remarked that for the first time in his adult life, he was finally able to reflect warmly on the years growing up in Shreveport. In 2007 he released the follow up, Do Your Thing, also on the Fog City imprint and produced by Dan Prothero. It included a cast of New Orleans' legends - Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, sousaphone innovator Kirk Joseph, (who is a founding member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band) and piano wizard, Henry Butler, considered by many to be the leading torchbearer of such past greats as James Booker and Professor Longhair - and helped to expand his national and international following. By now, he was performing at many of the top festivals in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009 he formed a new band, 7 Walkers along with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, The Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and multi-instrumentalist, Matt Hubbard. Their self-titled debut is set for release on November 2, 2010 on Response Records. The songs were co-written by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead (and recent Bob Dylan) lyricist, Robert Hunter. One of these songs, King Cotton Blues features a vocal duet with Papa Mali and Willie Nelson. The record was recorded in Austin and produced by Papa Mali. Selected Discography Papa Mali and the Instigators Thunder Chicken (2000) - Fog City Records Papa Mali Do Your Thing (2007) - Fog City Records As Producer Ruthie Foster, The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (2007)Blue Corn With 7 Walkers 7 Walkers (2010) Response Records References ^ Jurek, Thom. "Review: Thunder Chicken". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r448584/review. Retrieved 15 June 2010.  External links Fog City Records presents: Papa Mali Papa Mali collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive Persondata Name Mali, Papa Alternative names Short description Date of birth 6 May 1957 Place of birth Date of death Place of death