Maia  Von Lekow

Maia Von Lekow

 Nairobi, Nairobi Area, KEN

Maias voice and style has an affinity with female jazz vocalists of the 1930s. 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 was released in February 2013 with accompanying tours in East Africa.

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"


Drift (2013)

Self-titled EP:
Maia von Lekow (2008)

Several of Maia's songs from her previous EP and debut album are on rotation on Radio stations such as:
PBS - flight 1067 (Australia)
Light FM (Rwanda)
Homeboyz radio (Kenya)
Capital FM (Kenya)
Ghetto Radio (Kenya)
Kiss FM (Kenya)

Set List