15 Facts About Tkay Maidza


Takudzwa Victoria Rosa "Tkay" Maidza is a Zimbabwean-born Australian singer-songwriter and rapper.


Tkay Maidza graduated from St Michael's College at age 16 and studied architecture at the University of South Australia before becoming a full-time musician.


Tkay Maidza has since released an EP, Switch Tape, featuring collaborations with Night Slugs' Bok Bok and producer SBTRKT.


Tkay Maidza has played Splendour in the Grass and the CMJ Music Marathon in 2014 and replaced Lykke Li at the 2015 St Jerome's Laneway Festival.


Tkay Maidza 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".


Tkay 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.


Tkay Maidza was featured in the Australian Vogue magazine in July 2015 and the French magazine Konbini.


In November 2015 Tkay Maidza featured in an episode of Le Petit Journal in her debut French TV appearance.


Tkay Maidza later appeared on American radio as part of the second episode of Skrillex's OWSLA Radio on 13 February 2016.


The track is the first single from her debut album, simply titled Tkay Maidza, which was released on 28 October 2016.


In May 2020, Tkay Maidza announced she had signed with acclaimed English independent label 4AD and released her new single 'Shook' with praise from NME and Rolling Stone.


In February 2021, Tkay Maidza released her new track "Kim", six months on from the release of her Last Year Was Weird, Vol.


Alongside the track's release, Tkay Maidza shared a new Adrian Yu-directed music video, which sees her embodying the imagery of three iconic Kims: Kim Possible, Lil' Kim, and Kim Kardashian.


In May 2021, Tkay Maidza announced that the third mixtape in her Last Year Was Weird series would be released on July 9 that year.


Tkay Maidza has said she admires the work of Nicki Minaj, Santigold, Major Lazer and Lorde.