Malaika (Miriam Makeba & Harry Belafonte)



Malaika (Miriam Makeba & Harry Belafonte)

by Josh
(Ireland)

Malaika is a traditional kiSwahili song and means "my angel". Miriam learnt it in 1962 in Kenya, during her first visit back to the African continent since living in exile in the United States.


The song had been made famous in Kenya by a man called Fadhili Williams. It is said though that it has its origin in Tanzania. Does anybody know about this?

I found this video, a duet with Harry Belafonte. It's just divine!



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Find Miriam Makeba - Malaika on:
Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba - An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba - My Angel (Malaika)



Malaika Lyrics


Harry Belafonte:
Malaika nakupenda Malaika
ningekuoa mali we, ningekuoa dada
mashindwa na mali sina we, ningekuoa Malaika

Miriam Makeba:
pesa zasumbua roho yangu
nami nifanyeje, kijana mwenzio
nashindwa na mali sina we, ningekuoa Malaika

Harry Belafonte:
kidege hukuwaza kidege
ningekuoa mali we, ningekuoa dada
nashindwa na mali sina we, ningekuoa Malaika

Both:
Malaika nakupenda Malaika
ningekuoa mali we, ngekuoa dada
nashindwa na mali sina we, ningekuoa Malaika

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Aug 22, 2012
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very spiritual song
by: Manoucheka


since I was a little girl I loved this song, there was a time this song was my broussol

Feb 15, 2012
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song's (loose) translation
by: TK

Malaika = an angel. A love song which says I love you my angel. I wish I could marry you but I am poor/have no wealth. Money troubles my heart, I wish I could marry you but I have nothing. Love bird,I think about you all the time your fellow youth.I wish I could marry you but I am not rich. My angel, I love you my angel.

Oct 26, 2009
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Malaika
by: Anonymous

Angelique Kidjo also recorded the song and it is absolutely heartbraking

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