Malaika (singer)

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This article is about an African American singer. For the South African musical group, see Malaika (group).
Background information
Birth name Malaika LeRae Sallard
Also known as Malaika Sallard Johnson
Born (1972-01-02) January 2, 1972 (age 42)
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Pop/dance, R&B/soul
Occupation(s) singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1991-96
Labels A&M Records (1992-93)
Vestry Records (1995)
Associated acts CeCe Peniston
Website Malaika

Malaika (born Malaika LeRae Sallard, January 2, 1972, in Seattle, Washington) also known under name Malaika Sallard Johnson, is a female African American dance singer from Seattle, Washington. During her short lived music career she recorded only one album entitled Sugar Time, which managed two Top 5 hits on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including her number #1 single, "Gotta Know (Your Name)" in 1993.[1]

Her persona is tied with another A&M recording artist, CeCe Peniston, who took her own chances by performing backup vocals on the Overweight Pooch's album record Female Preacher in 1991, originally intended for Malaika.[2]



Year Title
1993 Sugar Time
  • Release date: June 8, 1993
  • Record label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS


Year Title Peak chart positions Album


Dance R&B/
Hot 100
SS Air 100
Air 100
1992 "So Much Love" 6 5 27 55 102 Sugar Time
1993 "Gotta Know (Your Name)" 68 1 17 48 68 74 120
1995 "Break It Down" non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that region.

Other contributions[edit]

Year Title Role
1992 "You Win, I Win, We Lose" (on Finally by CeCe Peniston) background vocal

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