MAIA & THE BIG SKY
'Her tunes bring a new sense of 'chill' to the African music scene” - Okayafrica
Maia’s new album, 'Maia & The Big Sky' experiments with coastal polyrhythms, mixing it with funk, reggae, jazz and folk, creating a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents. Her 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), Thandiswe & Mafikizolo (South Africa). Her hypnotic velvet vocals and highly-engaging live act has travelled all over the world highlighting the diversity of Kenyan music.
Her previous 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 two African Academy Awards for best soundtrack in Kenya's 'From a Whisper' and Uganda's 'Imani'. Her Debut album DRIFT was released in 2012 and featured the single “Jellyfish”.