Maia & The Big Sky experiment with East Africa coastal polyrhythms, mixing these with funk, reggae, jazz and folk, creating a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents. Maia von Lekow’s lyrics in both English and Kiswahili touch on power, love, politics and the strength of women.
Maia has shared stages with artists such as Keziah Jones (Nigeria), James Blunt (UK), Habib Koite (Mali), Thandiswa & Mafikizolo (South Africa). Her hypnotic velvet vocals and highly engaging live act has travelled all over the world, highlighting the diversity of Kenyan music.
Recordings include 2008’s self-titled EP featuring Oyster which appeared on Warner Poland’s Ladies’ Jazz Album Vol 6, and Uko Wapi which earned her twomAfrican Academy Awards for best sound track. Her debut album Drift, released in 2012 featured the highly-acclaimed single Jellyfish.
The new album’s first singleLolaincludes a stop-motion music video and has received radio airplay across the world. The next video single Pawafeaturing Blinky Bill will shortly be unveiled.
Maia has toured in USA, UK, Australia and East Africa. Festival performances included Africa Utopia (UK), HIFA (Zimbabwe), Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar), Blankets & Wine (Kenya), Visa for Music (Morocco), Woodford Folk Festival and Perth International Arts Festival (Australia).
“Maia’s tunes bring a new sense of ‘chill’ to the African music scene” – OkayAfrica