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EccentroSoul 1 Woman Band: Chaquis Maliq (@ChaquisMaliq)

EccentroSoul 1 Woman Band, Chaquis Maliq (Sha-Kees Mah-Leek), delivers the sound of  Eccentric Tasteful Grooves and Honey Soul to her listeners. ArtsQuest calls her “Beauty, Brains, and Power of Soul”. NPR Music gracefully refers to Maliq as “Soulful, slightly Prince-Like”.


Chaquis Maliq transformed as an artist in 2011 when she decided to pick up the guitar. Maliq’s journey took a surprising turn in 2014, when The EccentroSoul 1 Woman Band was created, displaying authentic vocals with original music, strumming the guitar, with pocket rhythmic expression delivered by the cajon and foot instruments; simultaneously, defining the EccentroSoul 1 Woman Band. Although, Maliq is a solo artist, festival stages are no stranger to her. In 2018, the EccentroSoul 1 Woman Band made her international debut at Festival of Friends, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.



Following her 1 Woman Band debut and successful tour from 2014 – 2016, Chaquis is hand-picked by NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert 2017, as the opener for Tank and the Bangas. By receiving media attention for the Columbus Arts Festival’s main stage, on Fox28’s Good Day Columbus (Ohio). This provided the songstress and 1 Woman Band with additional television performances on  ABC4’s Low Country Live, CBS7’s Your Carolina,  Scene on 7, Bounce TV; and now international on CHCH’s Morning Live – Ontario, Canada. Chaquis’ EccentroSoul 1 Woman Band compliments her cozy expansive sound by giving the audience a full band experience you’ll never forget.



With her brightening desire to give back to those who may not have access to learning music, Chaquis has found ways to accomplish granting access to youth and young adults since 2009. Maliq started out with mentoring and songwriting with Washington DC’s Young Women Drumming Empowerment Project (YWDEP).
This led to Chaquis working with teens and young adults while teaching them self-motivation and entrepreneurship, regardless of their outlook on music. These same teachings have been passed on to her music students and youth of Girls Rock. But Chaquis does not stop there. Chaquis now voices her literary talents along with her music to the fight against Domestic Violence and Domestic Abuse.
“My first literacy workshop took place this week with children that look like me! These babies broke communication barriers, learned patience, how to help one another, dictation, songwriting, music creation, and put forth effort into celebrating themselves for their achievements, while comprehending the lyrics to their songs, plus accepting that they’re intelligent humans.
I loved working with the women at Sanders-Clyde, and especially their students. The theme this week was “Celebration”, and we did just that. Of course, there’s so much more to tell you, but just enjoy this video of 6/7 yo going to the 2nd grade. Thank you Engaging Creative Minds. -CM”

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