Malaika is probably the best known of all the Swahili love songs. Anybody who has lived in Kenya for any length of time is bound to have heard it. Miriam Makeba is one of the many artists, both male and female, who sing it beautifully. Malaika is a Swahili word that means “Angel.” The soft, slow melody is perfectly suited to African voices.
Here, though, is something very different and quite amazing. Really – please do watch this. A Chinese group signing in word-perfect Swahili, with such passion and energy, and glorious voices. It gives me the shivers. Even better – the video has subtitles of the Swahili words and English translation.