For those of you who may not know, Malaika meaning "angel," is a Swahili song by Kenyan composer Fadhili Williams who originally sang it in the 1960s with his group Jambo Boys and clearly has not always received the recognition he deserved for this song. The lyrics are so sweet*:
Malaika, nakupenda, Malaika
Angel, I love you, angel
Nami nifanyeje, kijana mwenzio
And I your young lover, what can I do
Nashindwa na mali sina, we
Was I not defeated by the lack of forture
I would marry you angel
I had never heard the original version until recently (all hail the power of youtube) and today, I'm so excited to bring you that version! Take a listen. It is slightly different from others that I have heard but of course, I love it. I could totally imagine myself drifting away to this in Lamu because this version definitely evokes the warm sun and the oceans sway of the Kenyan coast.
What do you think of this version? Do you have any particular memories of this song?
*click here for the rest of the lyrics and English translation