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Maia & The Big Sky have built a formidable reputation as one of Kenya’s most explosive live performers, gracing festival stages that include MTN Bushfire (Swaziland), Sakifo festival (Reunion Island), Bassline Live (South Africa) , Africa Utopia (UK), Kigali UP (Rwanda), Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar), Woodford Folk Festival, Perth International Arts Festival (Australia) and Blankets & Wine (Kenya).
Maia is a soulful trailblazer igniting Kenya’s musical landscape. Daughter to musical legend Sal Davis, her magnetic vocals in Swahili and English are woven into the hypnotising poly-rhythms of the Big-Sky band, creating a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents.
Maia’s second studio project, “Maia & The Big Sky”, is the culmination of a five-year musical journey exploring the songs and rhythms of her coastal homeland. This journey also saw the release of her debut feature-documentary, The Letter (2019) which is a deeply personal exploration of the inter-generational conflict happening between elders and youth amongst Kenya’s coastal communities.
The album 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 beating, paper-hearts, and the second video ‘Pawa’ (featuring Blinky Bill) features the two Kenyan artists taking over the Nairobi airwaves with some media-mind-control.
Maia’s previous achievements include winning two African Academy Awards for her 2009 track “Uko Wapi” as well as being named a goodwill ambassador for UNHCR on World Refugee Day 2013.