Maia & The Big Sky2017
Maia’s second studio album, Maia & The Big Sky, is the culmination of a three-year journey exploring her coastal heritage. Her magnetic vocals, both in kiswahili and english, weave coastal polyrhythms with soul and folk, creating a big live sound with a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents.
The Big Sky project features an energetic band of several accomplished instrumentalists including: Radanz Narina & Allan Sucre (Bass), Debe Debe & Wakake Otieno (Percussion), Tugi Mlamba & Kato Change (Guitars), Emmanuel Obedi & Amani Baya (Drums), Chris Washburn & Jason Rae Otieno (Trombone), Owuor Arunga (Trumpet), Daniel Hoffknecht (Rhodes), as well as guest performances by Blinky Bill and Neno Kali.
Maia’s debut album Drift introduced a new level of “chill” to the Kenyan music scene. Backed by Kenya’s best musicians, Maia’s songwriting came of age with a jazzy-folk vibe. Recorded entirely on vintage equipment in Nairobi garages and living rooms, as well as further studio sessions in Berlin, the album was released in 2011.