Maia Von Lekow (Kenya - Nairobi / Australia - Melbourne)
Maia represents a vibrant new colour to Kenya's contemporary musical landscape. Born and raised in Nairobi, Maia's sound weaves funk, folk & jazz all sprinkled with Swahili spice. Her enigmatic shows range from solo acoustic soul, to high-energy dance-laden sets accompanied by her full band.
Her songs sing of love, life, new political horizons in Kenya, the plight of women across the world, and personal introspections of both the joy and solitude in not belonging to any single culture or community.
Maia has shared the stage with artists such as Keziah Jones, James Blunt, Habib Koite, Thandiswe, and Mafikizolo, and has toured in the USA, UK and East Africa. Festival performances have included Africa Utopia (UK), HIFA (Zimbabwe), Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar), Blankets & Wine (Kenya), Visa for Music (Morocco) and Mafrika Music Festival(NYC).
She has earned herself two African Academy Awards for her song 'Uko Wapi' and is releasing her second album, Maia & The Big Sky, end of 2016.
Maia is currently co-directing her first feature length documentary, The Letter, which is a musical journey into the history and culture of the Kenyan coast, exploring the issues of inter-generational conflict between young people and elders.
What the Press say:
"Maia fuses her musical influences like a lounge chameleon".
-The Guardian, UK
"Her tunes bring a new sense of chill to the African music scene".
"The songbird who causes ripples whenever she performs".
-The Standard, Kenya
"She tells stories from deep within, be it about the tragic bomb blast in Uko Wapi or a simple feel good song like Guava Tree".
M: AUS +61 450 915 341 / UK +44 7967 108831