Maia von Lekow

Maia von Lekow
Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya


From the new album DRIFT (2012)
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  • country:Kenya
  • region:East Africa
  • style(s):Songwriter, Afro-Soul
  • label:not signed
  • type:Composer/Songwriter
  • gender:female
  • instrumentation:vocal
  • artist posted by:Maia von Lekow


Maia represents a vibrant color to Kenya's dynamic music scene. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya her songs weave jazz, pop, blues, sprinkled with African spice, creating a hybrid, signature sound.

With her mixed heritage, Maia sings in English and Kiswahili, while her sound draws influence from both Africa and abroad.

After several years of wandering the world, Maia returned to Kenya in 2007 and established her current live act. Performing with a 6-piece band, as well as an acoustic/percussion trio, Maia's captivating stage presence and deep-dreamy vocals have been making waves through Africa.

Her Album DRIFT will be released in December 2012 with accompanying tours in Africa, Europe and America in 2013.

Her previous recordings include 2008's self-titled EP, featuring Oyster which appeared on Warner Poland's Ladies' Jazz Album Vol 6. Maia's music has also earned her two African Academy Awards for best soundtrack in Kenya's From a Whisper, and Uganda's Imani.

"Maia fuses her musical influences like a lounge chameleon."
The Guardian, UK

"The songbird who causes ripples whenever she performs"
The Standard, Kenya

"Her tunes bring a new sense of 'chill' to the African music scene"