Maleh on music, marriage and motherhood
Lesotho-born musician Maleh is officially off the market.
The media shy muso reveal to Move! that she has tied the knot with the love of
her life and they’ve already welcomed an addition to the family.
Maleh, whose real name is Malehloka Hlalele, is reluctant to
go into details about her personal life. However, was willing to give us a
glimpse. She says when she released her album You Make My Heart Go was when she
fell for the man she won’t reveal. She admits it was the first time she had
written so many love songs for an album. “It’s very interesting how music comes
to me. I just go with what is going on in my life at that point. At that point
I just happen to find the love of my life and I just got married. Love in also
in the sense that I felt a lot of love from my supporters in music. Love takes
its on course and time,” she explains. When probed about his husband, the muso
won’t budge. “I would like to keep him to myself. We want to keep our
relationship private,” she says.
WONDERFUL AND CHALLENGING
But if there’s one thing she willing to reveal is how wonderful
life has been as a mother and wife. “I am a mother now. We have two teenagers
from my husband’s previous relationship and our little toddler,” she says
beaming. “It’s a challenging and wonderful experience. You get to have more
respect for the women who came before you. I am balancing to worlds having to
shift from taking care of a toddler to raising teens. It challenges the woman
that you are. It’s not easy but I’ve grown from the experience,” she admits.
GIVING A HELPING HAND
Despite all the motherhood challenges and wife duties she
has found time to make and release an album titled Gold Ring. She describes it
as a love-dance album which more upbeat than her previous two offerings. She
says in this album she was in a place of celebrations in her life. “In my first
album Step Child was more self-seeking. The second one You Make My Heart Go I
was in love in all its forms,” she explains. The second-born of three sisters
says she is in a process of registering her company Lemmah. She has a mentoring
programme for young girls who aspire to be artists. “What has become important
to me is that I got to a point where I had something to impart. I mentor a few
girls about what it takes to be an artist more importantly a female artist. I
chose girls because I can relate with young girls because I was once a young
girl,” she explains. She says got into the industry when she was still very
young and had to be matured early. This is why she believes she has something
to give to younger girls aspiring to be where she is.