Born Sheilla Mkhumba in Malawi, Malaika 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. 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.
Malaika has met the president of Zimbabwe on three occasion, she was selected to welcome Malawian presidents at the Zimbabwe airport to pin flowers on their suit jackets.
Her family continues to live in Avondale Harare and even though the singer wasn’t born in Zimbabwe she considers herself as much Zimbabwean as she is Malawian. 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; angelsacrossafrica. The serial business woman and entertainer also has other business including a lingerie business. Malaika is set to release her debut single – “Falling for you” on the 28th of July 2017. The singer teamed up with Zimbabwean born, UK number selling record producer Rymez, the music video features Zimabwean superstar Tytan playing a cameo part and is directed by award winning Zimbabwean artist and producer Jusa Dementor.