Sunday 20th August 2017,
Soweto Gospel Fans

Soweto Sounds: Malaika

Malaika is a popular Swahili song meaning Angel.

The song has been covered by many artists over the years.  Popular versions include the ones done by Miriam Makeba (RIP), Angélique Kidjo and even Boney M.

Many attribute the song’s origin to Fadhili William, but this has been heavily disputed. In any case, Malaika is one of the most recognized and popular songs from Africa.

Lyrics:

Swahili Lyrics
Malaika, nakupenda Malaika x 2

Chorus:
Nami nifanyeje, kijana mwenzio,
Nashindwa na mali sina, we,
Ningekuoa Malaika.
Nashindwa na mali sina, we,
Ningekuoa Malaika.

Pesa zasumbua roho yangu x 2

Repeat Chorus

Kidege, hukuwaza kidege x 2

Repeat Chorus

English Translation
Angel, I love you Angel x 2

Chorus:
And I, your young lover, what can I do.
Was I not defeated by the lack of fortune,
I would marry you Angel.
Was I not defeated by the lack of fortune,
I would marry you Angel.

Money is troubling my soul x 2

Repeat Chorus

Little bird, I dream of you little bird x 2

Repeat Chorus

Song Info:

The Choir’s version of Malaika can be found in the Voices From Heaven album.

The late Sarah Mulovhedzi (RIP) provided the memorable lead vocals in the song.

Listen:

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About The Author

From the Great White North of Canada, Elaine is the owner and maintainer of SGF. Besides being a big-time Soweto Gospel Choir fan, she is passionate about world travel, technology, all sports and above all the great mangosteen fruit. Oh, and she can't sing to save her life...one love! :)

1 Comment

  1. Carla March 13, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    dam! Dis song rocks!! i just love it.. iT sure does makes me feel ALIVE!!!!

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