Born Sheila Mkhumba Hemingway, Malaikah is a Malawian singer, businesswoman, and lawyer based in the United Kingdom. Malaikah has been recognized for embracing various musical styles and delineate different cultural lifestyles throughout her music.
Born in Malawi, Malaikah emigrated to Zimbabwe in 1996 where she lived for 9 years and left for UK in 2005. In 2007, Malaikah enrolled in law class and finished with an LLB Honours Degree in 2010. Later after graduating, Malaikah ventured into business and spent more time with her small family. She is a happily married woman with 4 children and also the founder of a charity organization called The Angels Across Africa.
Music has always been a passion for Malaikah. After her school days, Malaikah started to do music at her free time. For the love of her enthusiasm in music, her husband aided her build a recording studio and registered her business in the name of PANASH Ltd, a music entertainment company comprised of 2 live rooms, a photo studio, an office, a large reception area and a discotheque room.
The coming of PANASH, which is an abbreviation for Peter, Angelina, Nancy, Anna, Sheila, broadened her knowledge about the music industry as she did not rush to establish herself as an artist but rather took lessons in learning music as a business and artists management. It is in 2017 that Malaikah recorded her first song for commercial release and when her career as a musician heaved in sight.
Throughout the past 2 years, Malaikah has released 5 songs under her record label. Her first releases were premiered on BBC Introducing and the reception among music listeners across England was wondrously phenomenal. Multiple articles from all parts of the world disseminated and gained her massive recognition across UK and Africa.
A common saying states that ‘home is where the heart is’. Malaikah’s overstay in other countries and among mixed cultures hasn’t changed or transformed her patriotism over mother Malawi. Her music partly constitutes a Malawian touch and two of her songs were composed with a smidgen Chichewa in them. Malaikah describes her music as always positive and tackles relatable topics such as love and romance.
Malaikah’s other passion has always been to be connected to her native culture. Since her come up, she has successfully performed in Malawi only twice. In March 2019, she performed at the Celebrate Africa Concert (which she founded) and in October that same year, she performed alongside Janta during his ‘Mwezi watha Tour’ in Zomba and Lilongwe.
Malaikah describes the experience as pretty amazing as she is grateful how welcome she felt at home. Since it was her first time to be introduced to the local scene, the response was fair. Malaikah had an opportunity to collaborate with Janta before she left for UK but looks forward to work with more local artists in near future.
Malaikah looks forward to interact more with her Malawian fans to explore more of what they love. Despite the social distance, Malaikah embraces social media as a tool to be connected with fans, friends and family back home and promises to do more vernacular songs.
Recently on her birthday this year, Malaikah released a beautiful song called ‘Forever Love You’ which is already enjoying massive airplay across the UK and Africa. The song talks about a telepathic affair and how happy the lady is to be in love.