Takudzwa Victoria Rosa "Tkay" Maidza (/tˈk ˈmdzə/ tee-KAY MY-dzə;[2] born 17 December 1995) is a Zimbabwean-born Australian singer-songwriter and rapper.

Tkay Maidza
Maidza performing in 2019
Maidza performing in 2019
Background information
Birth nameTakudzwa Victoria Rosa Maidza[1]
Born (1995-12-17) 17 December 1995 (age 28)
Harare, Zimbabwe
OriginAdelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Singer-songwriter
  • rapper
Years active2013–present

Early life edit

Maidza was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her parents are metallurgists.[2] In 2001, her family moved to Australia when she was five years old. They lived in Perth and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and in Whyalla in South Australia before relocating to Adelaide in 2010.[3] She graduated from St Michael's College at age 16 and studied architecture at the University of South Australia before becoming a full-time musician and took part in Adelaide's Northern Sound System artist development program.[4]

Career edit

2013–2017: Switch Tape and Tkay edit

In January 2013, Maidza uploaded "Handle My Ego" featuring Badcop onto triple J unearthed. In December 2013, Maidza released her debut single, "Brontosaurus" with producer BadCop. The song peaked at number 89 on the ARIA Charts.[5] This was followed by "U-Huh" in July 2014, which was certified platinum in 2022.

In October 2014, Maidza released her debut EP and mixtape, Switch Tape, featuring collaborations with Night Slugs' Bok Bok and producer SBTRKT.[6]

Maidza has played Splendour in the Grass and the CMJ Music Marathon in 2014 and at the 2015 St Jerome's Laneway Festival.[7] She performed at the Triple J "Beat the Drum" concert in 2015 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the radio station, both as a solo artist and with many other Australian guest rappers on an extended version of Hilltop Hoods' "Cosby Sweater".[8] Maidza played most of the Australian major festivals in 2015 including Groovin the Moo, Falls Festival, Meredith Festival and a cameo at Stereosonic with WhatSoNot.

In May 2016, Martin Solveig released the Maidza featured single, "Do It Right".

On 30 August 2016, Maidza released single "Carry On", featuring guest vocals from US rapper Killer Mike. The track is the first single from her debut album, titled Tkay, which was released on 28 October 2016. Tkay peaked at number 20 on the ARIA charts. The album was nominated for numerous awards at the ARIA Music Awards of 2017.

2018–2022: Last Year Was Weird edit

In August 2018, Maidza released the first of a trilogy of EPs titled Last Year Was Weird.

In May 2020, Maidza announced she had signed with English independent label 4AD[9] and released single "Shook" with praise from NME[10] and Rolling Stone.[11] In August 2020, Last Year Was Weird (Vol. 2) was released. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2020, the EP was nominated for Best Soul/R&B Release.[12]

In February 2021, Maidza released her new track "Kim" with US artist Yung Baby Tate.[13]

In May 2021, Maidza announced that the third and final EP in her Last Year Was Weird series would be released in July.[14] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2021, Last Year Was Weird (Vol. 3) won Best Soul/R&B Release.[15]

On 19 November 2021, Maidza released "Real Nice (H.C.T.F.)" with Young Franco featuring Nerve, which served as the theme song for the A-League, the Australian and New Zealand professional soccer league.[16]

2023: Sweet Justice edit

In March 2023, Maidza's cover of Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" was used in an AirPods commercial by Apple.[17][18]

In July 2023, Maidza released "Silent Assassin" with Flume. This was followed by "Ring-a-Ling" and the announcement of her second studio album, Sweet Justice, which was subsequently released on 3 November 2023.[19]

Artistry edit

Maidza has said she admires the work of Kendrick Lamar, Santigold, Lauryn Hill and Childish Gambino.[20]

Discography edit

Awards and nominations edit

APRA Awards edit

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2023 "Bang My Line" (Cosmo's Midnight featuring Tkay Maidza) Most Performed R&B / Soul Work of the Year Nominated [21]
2024 "Ring-a-Ling" Most Performed Hip Hop/Rap Work Pending [22]

ARIA Music Awards edit

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2017 TKAY Breakthrough Artist Nominated [23]
Best Urban Album Nominated
2019 "Awake" Best Hip Hop Release Nominated [24][25]
2020 Last Year Was Weird, Vol.2 Best Soul/R&B Release Nominated [26]
2021 Last Year Was Weird, Vol.3 Won [27][28]
Nicholas Muecke for Tkay Maidza's "24k" Best Video Nominated
2023 "Silent Assassin" (with Flume) Best Hip Hop/Rap Release Nominated [29]

BET Awards edit

The BET Awards is an American award show that was established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate black entertainers and other minorities in music, film, sports and philanthropy.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2016 Tkay Maida International Viewers' Choice Award Nominated [30][31]

J Awards edit

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2020 "Don't Call Again" (featuring Kari Faux) Australian Video of the Year Nominated [32][33]

MTV Europe Music Awards edit

The MTV Europe Music Awards is an award presented by Viacom International Media Networks to honour artists and music in pop culture.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2016 Herself Best Australian Act Nominated [34]
2018 Won [35]

National Live Music Awards edit

The National Live Music Awards are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2016 Herself Live Hip Hop Act of the Year Won [36]
International Live Achievement (Solo) Nominated
2018 Live Hip Hop Act of the Year Nominated [37][38]
South Australian Live Voice of the Year Won
2023 Best Hip Hop Act Nominated [39][40]

Rolling Stone Australia Awards edit

The Rolling Stone Australia Awards are awarded annually in January or February by the Australian edition of Rolling Stone magazine for outstanding contributions to popular culture in the previous year.[41]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2015 Tkay Maidza Best New Artist Won [42]
2021 Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2 Best Record Won [43]
"Shook" Best Single Nominated
2024 "Silent Assassin" (with Flume) Best Single Nominated [44]

South Australian Music Awards edit

The South Australian Music Awards (previously known as the Fowler's Live Music Awards) are annual awards that exist to recognise, promote and celebrate excellence in the South Australian contemporary music industry. They commenced in 2012.[45]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only) Ref.
2014 Tkay Maidza Best Electronica Artist Won
2015 Tkay Maidza Best Release Won
Best Female Won
Best Song Won
"Switch Lanes" (directed by Sachio Cook) Best Video Won
2016 Tkay Maidza Best Song Won
"Do It Right" (with Martin Solveig) Best International Collaboration Won
2017 Tkay Maidza Best Female Artist Won
2018 Tkay Maidza Most Popular Hip Hop Award Won

References edit

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