Women of Mala Luna


Josefina Hernandez

The last weekend of October ended on a high note for the thousands that attended the Mala Luna Music Festival. One of Mala Luna’s most important aspects was having more female acts than the 2018 lineup. Canada’s finest, Jessie Reyez, performed for hundreds and poured her heart out as she sang for 30 minutes from her “Kiddo” and “Being Human In Public” albums, featuring hits like “Imported,” “Figures” and “Gatekeeper,” which include her sexual harassment story involving “Drunk in Love” producer, Noel “Detail” Fisher. Reyez rose to fame after her single, “Figures,” released in 2017, which she makes a note of during her performance. It’s safe to say that Reyez put on a remarkable and passionate performance at Mala Luna this year.

Mala Luna also brought Megan Thee Stallion back to her home state this past weekend and drew new and old fans to the stage. Thousands poured in, some standing on shoulders and others sitting on barricades to get a glimpse of the “Texas Hottie.” Stallion opened up with her first single off her “Fever” album, “Realer.” She performed hits from her “Tina Snow” album such as “Hot Girl,” “Freak Nasty” and “Big Ole Freak.” Audience members were brought on stage as she performed her feature off “Big Booty” by Gucci Mane and “Simon Says” from her album “Fever.” She ended with her newest single for the “Queen & Slim” movie soundtrack called “Ride or Die” with a feature starring Vickeelo.

While Sunday was jam-packed with high-energy performances from Diplo and Playboy Carti, Ari Lennox brought a cloud of warmth and comfort during her performance. The first woman to be signed to Dreamville Records opened the show with “Chicago Boy” off her debut studio album “Shea Butter Baby.” The R&B singer explains her single “Shea Butter Baby” was about hanging out with her friends as she puts shea butter on, trying not to get it on the couch. Her entire set was effortless, soothing and intimate for those who find her album relatable. Lennox deserved more than a 30-minute set for giving it her all while she performed.