Sleep is for the dead. It's a saying Dr Malinga lives by. It's a saying he will be remembered for.
'Sleep for what? Sleep for who?'isn't just his signature, but also the secret ingredient to making some chart topping hits.
While most of our favourite tunes are about love, Dr Malinga's hits are all about not sleeping.
Dr Malinga told TshisaLIVE recently:
"I don't sleep because I am a hard worker. We don't sleep because the festive season is the time for us to celebrate all the other sleepless nights we've had during the year. My songs are for people that work hard."
Dr Malinga is so well known for not sleeping, that even DJ Tira posted about it:
When asked about his obsession with not sleeping, Dr Malinga said when he started his career, his intention was never to be known as the dude who 'can't get no sleep'. But, when his first two hits shared the insomnia theme, he had no choice but to give his listeners what they wanted.
He said when December rolls along, he's often asked; 'Dr Malinga, are we sleeping this year?'
Since 2015, his tongue in cheek response has been to create one sleepless hit after another.
Despite becoming the but of many jokes, Dr Malinga said he feels people are laughing with him, not at him.
The musician said his fans are the ones who made him realise the common thread in his festive songs.
"The songs work because they are not only songs but moods. A December mood."
His latest hit, which means we'll sleep in the morning, Solalek'seni, is just another song in his long sleepless song list, which includes "We ain't sleeping", "You can't sleep when you have money" and "I didn't sleep last night" among others.
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