May 11, 2015 Getting to Know: Tkay Maidza

Who is Tkay Maidza?
Tkay Maidza is a Zimbabwe-born, Adelaide-based singer and rapper.

Where is she from?
Maidza moved to Australia with her family when she was five and spent some time in other parts of the country before settling in Adelaide.

What does she sound like?
Fusing hip-hop with heavy dance and EDM beats, Tkay and her producer Elk have made music just as perfect for a festival/open air setting as it is for a thumping club environment. From her first single “Brontosaurus” through to recent hits in “Switch Lanes” and “M.O.B”, she’s shown continued progression with her lyrical delivery and a refined knack for getting crowds hyped up and excited. Check out Tkay in the clip for “U-Huh” below:

Where might you have seen her recently?
Tkay is currently touring the regional areas on the Groovin’ the Moo tour alongside names including Charli XCX, the Hilltop Hoods and A$AP Ferg. Just prior to her latest festival shows, she toured the country with her “M.O.B” single, selling out all dates.

Fun fact about the artist:
You can see Tkay make a cameo along with other popular Australian musicians in the 10 minute short Melbourne’s Kingswood released in 2014, featuring the singles “Micro Wars” and “Eye of the Storm”. Keep an eye out for her:

What is her latest music?
Tkay released her Switch Tape EP in October of 2014, while her latest single “M.O.B” came out this year.

Tkay’s future music in a nutshell:
On travelling to and being influenced by music in the USA, Tkay tells us at the Falls Festival last year what it was like to be immersed in that scene: “You find cooler producers over there because obviously, you’re in that area; not popular, but coming up. You’re like, ‘Oh yeah, this is exactly what I want’.”

Speaking with us at BIGSOUND 2014, she described the tone and flow of her much anticipated debut album: “All my singles are really different. Nothing sounds the same. I want [the album] to obviously flow and correlate more, but I think it’s still a representation of probably what’s going to come. You’ll never know what’s coming next, I’m just doing whatever I feel like doing and hopefully it all ties in together. I think it has been!”

Sosefina Fuamoli
is a writer for the AU review.