Maleh – You Make My Heart Go
01 January 1970
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Hello and welcome to Old Mutual Live radio, my name is Aphiwe Manono and I invite you to come with me on a journey where we explore South African music with South African artists. My guest today is the beautiful and sultry Malehloka Hlalele. Lesotho born, South African raised and we’re speaking to her about her latest offering, You Make My Heart Go.
A song that makes my toes curl
Malehloka Hlalele: That song actually makes my toes curl. It’s such a beautiful love song and you’re just telling whoever you’re singing it to that, you know, I don’t care what tomorrow brings. I don’t care what you expect of me. I just want to love you because my heart just goes [singing].
MH: [Singing], yeah, you know the kind of, you know it’s a love song and I feel like this whole album, You Make My Heart Go album is a dedication of love particularly. ‘You Make My Heart Go’ a beautiful composition, by the composers for the likes of Chimsoro as well. They did very well with the first album, but when I first heard it, it had this beautiful, tropical feel, and I just knew instantly, that, you know what –
AM: This is it.
MH: This is a song to celebrate love. Yeah, and the [singing] kind of just –
AM: It did, and it’s all your vocals. That’s what shocks me the most, like even if the music wasn’t there. Even if the instrumental wasn’t there, your sultry voice just awakens the entire song.
The response to the song has been beautiful
MH: Thank you so much, my sister. I appreciate that you have received it as such, so I’m very grateful that it has touched people. The response from this song in particular has been just amazing. It’s got a very, fun approach to it, and it’s just a fun-love song.
I want to talk about how love can sometimes leave you feeling so speechless, and the words cannot begin to describe, when you have a deep sense of love like that for somebody. I think people identify because we all know the feeling, you know. Yeah, we all know the feeling.
AM: We’ve heard high rotation all over the country. Every single radio station is playing it, but what are people saying to you about the song, Maleh?
MH: Aphiwe, oh my gosh. Like I say, the response has been like crazy, you know, and it’s not just a response coming from people on the Continent. Like we had this particular song named one of the top five songs come out of Africa by the UK Guardian edition. So it’s entering all over the world. From Paris, I know it was number one in Moldova, so it’s just been an amazing experience, you know, for me.
Being an artist is about the music
This song in particular, I’ve done just amazingly. That’s the great thing and that’s the wonderful thing about being an artist. It’s about the music. More than anything else, it’s about music touching people. Music inspiring people, and that’s why I’m so grateful to be an artist cause I get to be a part of that experience.
AM: Now, I mean there has to be a deeper meaning, and explanation or inspiration to this song, and the entire, actually your second offering, you title the album ‘You Make My Heart Go’, so what some people wouldn’t know is that you are no longer Miss Hlalele. I was here, calling you, and you’re not even correcting me. What is wrong with you, hey?
Blessed to have found my life partner
MH: You know, my sister, oh gosh, you know. I was very private about my private life but in terms of me being a Mrs now. It’s very exciting and it’s great to find the life partner that understands you and that is a friend, first and foremost. I’ve been blessed and I’m very grateful to be able to become a wife and a family woman, so that’s what I’m working on now, my private life. That’s the focus and I’m very blessed and grateful. Yeah, the album was very much inspired by that aspect of my life. Yeah, so I was celebrating life and celebrating love. That’s important.
AM: That’s so beautiful, Maleh. Thank you so much for taking the time out to speak to us here, at Old Mutual Radio. We hope to see you soon and of course if you want to find out where Maleh is performing next. She is on social media. She is available on Facebook and Twitter, so hit her up. What’s your handle Maleh?
MH: Its @Maleh_AfroSoul – you’ll find all the updates of what’s happening next.