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Malayika

Malayika and I met at the prestigious African Youth Foundation Adler awards. She walked in..right behind her big big hair! Lucky for me she sat at my table, lucky for me she sang that night. Lucky for you, she wants you to know….

What do you celebrate abut being a woman? 

I think we are highly compassionate. Besides that I’d rather say, I have a lot to be thankful for, first of all being alive, no matter of gender – it’s a precious gift. Lately I’m getting into how women and men are the same on a deeper level. We are One.
 

What do you wish other women knew? 


I wish every woman can be able to respect what she needs, wants and is able to give, without exhausting herself. I think we still have to learn to take good care of our own needs, fulfilling what we’re passionate about – we tend to do this for others first.

 

How do you express yourself creatively? 


I used to create sculptures and drawings to express my inner struggles and visions. Now I love to express my insights through writing songs, singing & performing on stage.



 

How are you making a difference in the world? 


Bridging gaps in a joyful and groovy way. 
As an Artist through my music and leading projects (e.g. Unique Heartbeat ).
It develops mutual understanding of our mixed cultures, contrary views, gender issues, which nearly all of us experience. 
In my music I focus mainly on a new Pan-African consciousness and spiritual upliftment.
 

What do you believe is your calling and what are you doing about it? 


Well, as my name Malayika means angel, I feel I need to let my light shine as much as I can. And encourage others to do the same.

 

How do you celebrate where you come from? 


I love the great variety of Pan-African music. Also I like to show my africaness through my jewellery, bright colours  I wear and by promoting the use of natural Karité (Shea butter).
 
 

What do you consider to be the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome? 


Overcoming my inner insecurity, to really believe in myself.


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