Music As Therapy – “Malaika”

There is scientific evidence that music can help to ease the symptoms of depression – 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”.

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. We 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.

Here is a beautiful instrumental rendition of La Paloma…a nostalgic version that will transport you back to the halcyon days of your youth…when your life was carefree and exciting…and you embarked on a journey full of dreams and promise…envisioning the world as it should be rather than as it is. Re-living the past through the power of memory and imagination.