Papa Mali (born Malcolm Helm Welbourne in Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 6,1957) is a New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer.
He has been a touring musician and recording artist for decades. Yet, he is probably best known as the front man for 7 Walkers, a band formed in 2009 that includes three musical icons: Grateful Dead founding member and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, The Metersâ€™ founding bassist, George Porter Jr. and lyricist Robert Hunter, who penned most of the Grateful Deadâ€™s classic catalog (along with the late Jerry Garcia) and now co-writes much of 7 Walkers material with Welbourne. Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and Willie Nelson collaborator, Matt Hubbard completes the line up. Their self-titled debut was released to critical acclaim in November of 2010. For the all latest 7 Walkers news and tour dates click here: www.7walkers.com
Papa Mali is also known for his own live performances and recorded output, most notably his two albums for Fog City Records (2000â€™s Thunder Chicken and 2007â€™s Do Your Thing), both produced by Dan Prothero and the latter featuring some of New Orleansâ€™ most legendary musicians.