Tkay Maidza Wins Best Soul/RnB Release At The ARIA Awards (Australian Recording Industry Association)

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Tkay Maidza was honoured with her first ARIA Award this year for her EP titled Last Year Was Weird (Vol. 3). The project completed a trilogy of extended plays by the same name. Over the past few years her music has been characterised by a lot of creative freedom. Describing her music Tkay said she finds left of anything, alternative hip-hop, alternative pop and alternative R&B.

Our first aria! best rnb/soul record. So grateful and thankful for everyone who put so much effort, dedication and hard work to bring this to life. The last 5 years have been my favourite so far and can’t wait to keep growing with y’all lyww forever.

Born Takudzwa Victoria Rosa Maidza, Tkay is a Zimbabwean-born Australian rapper and singer-songwriter. While just beginning to break into Western markets, Tkay has become a household name in Australia. Maidza has played most of the Australian major festivals including Groovin’ the Moo, Stereosonic, Falls Festival, and Meredith Festival. That same year, she was featured in Australian Vogue and supported Charli XCX on her Australian tour. 

Since her debut, Tkay made a feature on Troye Sivan’s debut album Blue Neighbourhood and supported his shows in London, Paris, Berlin, and Los Angeles. In 2016, she released her debut album Tkay, with standout hits Simulation and Carry On featuring Killer Mike. 

Aside from music and touring, Tkay has contributed to high profile ad campaigns through her career. In 2018, Coca-Cola commissioned Maidza for their Australian campaign, Make It Yours, featuring a jingle created by Tkay. Likewise, in 2019, Instagram commissioned Maidza for their campaign, Get Into What You Love. 

(Sources: Afropunk, Instagram)

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