Maia von Lekow
Winner - Judges Award - 2018
Sondeka Awards

Maia represents a new flavor to Kenya’s contemporary musical landscape. Her magnetic vocals, both in kiswahili and english, weave together African polyrhythms with soul and folk, creating a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents. Daughter of Kenyan musical legend Sal Davis, Maia has earned herself a formidable reputation as one of Kenya’s most explosive live performers, gracing the stages of prominent festivals such as Africa Utopia (UK), HIFA (Zimbabwe), Kigali UP (Rwanda), Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar), The Great Rift Valley Festival and Blankets & Wine (Kenya). When not playing with her full band, you can also catch Maia performing solo and acoustic in a loungeroom or street corner near you. Her second studio project “Maia & The Big Sky” was released as an LP in November 2017, and is the culmination of a three-year journey exploring her Mijikenda heritage. The first single ‘Lola’, includes a stop-motion music video, and the second video ‘Pawa’ (featuring Blinky Bill) will be released in the coming weeks.