Music As Therapy – “Malaika”
There is scientific evidence that music can help to ease the symptoms of depression – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080122203158.html. With this in mind, we invite you to take time out from your busy schedule, relax momentarily and listen to our “Inspiring Music Selection for Today”, personally selected for you by our President, Karl.
According to Karl: “Today’s selection is Malaika, perhaps the most popular love song in sub-Saharan Africa. Although the authorship of this sad song is in some dispute, most people credit it to the Tanzanian songwriter Adam Salim who is believed to have written it in 1945. The lyrics are about a poor young man who wishes to marry his beloved “Angel” or “little bird”, but he cannot have her because he is “defeated” by the bride price that he must pay her parents and that he does not have. Whenever I listen to this emotional song, it brings back nostalgic memories of my growing up in the beautiful Africa of a bygone era, the Africa of my dreams. I invite you to listen to this iconic song as interpreted by the incomparable duo of Harry Belafonte and the undisputed queen of African music – Miriam Makeba.”