Maia’s magnetic vocals, both in Swahili and English, are woven together over hypnotising polyrhythms with soul, funk and folk, creating a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents.
Maia has earned herself a formidable reputation as one of Kenya’s most explosive live performers, gracing the stages of prominent festivals such as Africa Utopia (UK), HIFA (Zimbabwe), Kigali Up (Rwanda), Sauti Za Busara?(Zanzibar), Woodford Folk Festival, Perth International Arts Festival (Australia),?Blankets & Wine, Cool Waters Jazz Festival (Kenya) and Mafrica Festival (New York).
Her second studio album “Maia & The Big Sky” was released in November 2017, and is the culmination of a three-year journey inspired by the sounds of her coastal heritage as a part of the filmmaking process of her first feature-documentary, which is currently in production. The “Big Sky” project features some of Africa’s finest instrumentalists as well as an impressive list of international guests. The first single LOLA includes a stop-motion music video of paper-hearts, and the second video PAWA (featuring Blinky Bill) features the two Kenyan artists take over the Nairobi airwaves with some media-mind-control.
What the Press say:
“Maia fuses her musical influences like a lounge chameleon”.?The Guardian
“Her tunes bring a new sense of chill to the African music scene”.?Okayafrica
“The songbird who causes ripples whenever she performs”.?The Standard