Cuban culture and dubstep are - on the surface, at least - poles apart.
Which is probably what makes Mala's recent venture so enticing. A true dubstep pioneer, his work a part of the Digital Mystikz partnership helped to define the nascent scene's sound and attitude, adding a spiritual edge to their bass explorations.
Invited out to Cuba by close friend Gilles Peterson, Mala returned entranced by what he had witnessed. Using live musicians and samples, the producer began sketching out ways to blend British bass culture with Cuban influences.
Out now, 'Mala In Cuba' is one of the year's most intriguing electronic statements. This Saturday (November 17th) the producer is set to play his first ever live show, performing in the intimate confines of the Brixton Electric in London.
Moritz Von Oswold will be playing a support slot, while Gilles Peterson and Quest & Silkie will be on hand to man the decks. The night is part of the ongoing Havana Cultura series, designed to expose the rich, buoyant facets of Cuban life to outside audiences. An ongoing branch of shows, Havana Cultura regularly cross-fertilise Cuban performers with European audiences - and visa versa - crafting nights and line ups such as these.
Tickets have long since sold out, although Havana Club Rum have been in touch with an offer to Clash readers. We have five pairs to give away to the show - if you fancy entering, just answer the following question.
What is the name of Mala's famed dubstep partnership?