Malaika – Falling for you Malawian Singer-Songwriter Challenges Gender Stereotypes In An Afrobeat Inspired Pop Song

Malawian singer-songwriter Malaika releases a new single titled  “Falling For You” . The singer teamed up with Zimbabwean born, UK number selling record producer Rymez. . The song “Falling for you” is an afrobeats inspired pop song with a dancehall feel, the saucy song challenges gender stereotypes encouraging women to go after what they want, in this context a man, instead of always waiting for the guy to make the first move.

Talking about what inspired her to write the song Malaika says far too many women are unfulfilled and unhappy in relationships because they don’t feel they can express themselves sexually or communicate their desires without running the risk of being labelled “wild” or accused of cheating. ​

Born Sheilla Mkhumba in Malawi, she moved to Zimbabwe in 1996 where her late father had been sent by the Malawian government to represent Malawi as a consulate of the Malawi embassy. While in Zimbabwe the singer-songwriter attended Avondale primary school where she did her grade 6 and 7 before going on to study her high school education at Mabelreign high school and later at Gateway high school. Malaika also attended Speciss College for a year studying A levels before moving to the UK in 2005.

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Malaika started modelling in Zimbabwe at the age of 15 which got her recognition from prominent people in the entertainment industry at the time. She associated with the likes of Roki, Xq, Leonard Mapfumo, studio 263 actors such as Denzel Burutsa as she was supposed to play a part in the show in its first shooting. Malaika went to school with Candice Mwakalyeye who she continues to be good friends with. Other celebrity personal friends include Discord from Mafriq and Nox Guni.

In 2012 she attained a law degree in the UK but her passion for music led her down a different path. In 2013 she registered her first business “Panash Entertainment,” a music entertainment company which would facilitate her development as a singer-songwriter. Malaika recorded several songs with different producers which remain unreleased. She took time to grow as a singer and performer going through phases of creative development and bettering her understanding of the music business. In August 2015 Malaika teamed up with her sister Rames to start an organisation which looks after underprivileged children in Africa;

The serial business woman and entertainer also has other business including a lingerie business