Malaika (born Malaika LeRae in Seattle, Washington) is a female dance\R&B singer from the early 90's who managed to have success on the Billboard dance chart.
Before her music career, Malaika was studying to be a nurse when her friend, singer Cece Peniston asked her to sing background vocals on her hit song "Finally." Soon after, she was signed a record deal.
In 1993, Malaika released her debut album "Sugar Time" on A&M Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
Malaika's biggest hit song to date "Gotta Know Your Name" peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 & topped Billboard's dance chart in July of 1993.
It also peaked at #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart & #68 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
Another single "So Much Love" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
Malaika has performed live for Steve Harvey and "Showtime at the Apollo." She sang the National Anthem at the Staples Center and opened for Chris Rock in Boston.
She was the lead role in "God's Trombone," appeared on the "Meteor Man" soundtrack and has volunteered talents to numerous charities.
These days, Malaika is still active in the music business and is currently looking for a record deal.
To see Malaika's MySpace page, go to:
To see the music video for "Gotta Know Your Name," go to: