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Papa Mali & The Instigators
The incredible Funk/Soul/Rock band from Austin, Texas, Made up of some of the best musicians in America, Papa Mali puts together a funky island rock sound that will make the crippled walk and the blind man see! With the legendary FROSTY on drums, Tomas Remirez on horns, Malcolm Papa Mali on guitar & Bevis Griffin on vocals!

The Instigators open for all the major acts that come through Austin, like Eric Johnson, Chris Duarte, The Neville Brothers, Ian Moore, Joe Ely, Delbert McClinton, Storyville & many more! These veteran musicians have jammed with the best in the world. Malcolm made his way to musical fame as the lead guitarist for The Killer Bees.

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Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne
- guitar, slide guitar, vocals, master of ceremonies

Other credits: The Killer Bees Founding member and current co-leader of internationally acclaimed reggae band The Killer Bees. Raised in Louisiana, his interests in New Orleans music began at an early age. After seeing The Meters performing with The Wild Tchoupitoulas at the age of eleven his musical path became clear.

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Barry "Frosty" Smith
- drums

Other credits: Lee Michaels, Sly & the Family Stone, Dr. John, Soulhat, Parliament/Funkadelic, Rare Earth, Steve Miller Blues Band, various Motown releases Frosty's musical credentials are too numerous to list in full. But check out his thunderous drumming on Lee Michael's lengendary albums (the best of which featured just Lee and Frosty). We would say the funk is back in town, but it never left.

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Bevis Griffin
- vocals

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Courtney Audain
- bass

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Tomas Ramirez
- saxophone
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"Surrender to the funk. It starts in the floor and in the walls, working its way into the very oxygen molecules you breathe, until you're surrounded by rubbery sound. Then it twists and pulls your insides until you're a piece of tired, but very happy, taffy. Welcome to a Papa Mali & The Instagators show. "
- Austin Chronicle

"Papa Mali & The Instagators The band has acquired a vital and viable life of its own gigging locally and playing some high profile road shows, such as its appearance for 50,000 Mardi Gras revelers last month. The local all-star unit's bloodline, which includes members of Soulhat, Killer Bees, Timbuk 3, and others, is impressive, but it's the band's ability to stake out a new, unified identity that makes it work so well " - Michael Point, Austin American Statesman

"If you like your music funked up, Papa Mali & The Instagators is the place to be. This band has been rocking every house in Austin with some of the most slammin' jams known to man. "
- Arena International



Paul "Buddha" Mills
- percussion and vocals

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Papa Mali & The Instagators will be recording an
album for Fog City Records... the sessions are currently
scheduled for March 1999. A release date has not been set,
but our tentative street date is June 1999.

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