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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 25)
Harare, Zimbabwe
OriginAdelaide, South Australia, Australia
GenresHip hop, synthpop, dance-pop, electronic
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, rapper
Years active2013–present
Labels4AD, Dew Process, Kitsuné, Downtown Records, Universal Music Australia, Interscope Records
Associated actsTroye Sivan, Bok Bok, SBTRKT, Rita Ora, Charli XCX

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


Takudzwa Victoria Rosa Maidza was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her mother and father 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.[4]

Maidza took part in Adelaide's Northern Sound System artist development program and released her debut single, "Brontosaurus", at age 17 with producer BadCop. She has since released an EP, Switch Tape, featuring collaborations with Night Slugs' Bok Bok and producer SBTRKT.[5] In January 2016, Maidza reached #66 in the 2015 Triple J Hottest 100 with her 2015 single "MOB". MOB was Maidza's first song to be played on Australian commercial radio.

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.[6] 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".[7] Maidza played most of the Australian major festivals in 2015 including Grooving the Moo, Falls Festival, Meredith Festival and a cameo at Stereosonic with WhatSoNot.

Maidza was featured in Australian Vogue magazine in July 2015 and the French magazine Konbini. After featuring on Troye Sivan's debut album Blue Neighbourhood, Maidza supported Sivan in London, Paris and Berlin as well as a guest appearance in Los Angeles. Earlier Maidza had supported Charli XCX on her Australian tour as well as British band Years & Years in the UK.

In November 2015 Tkay featured in an episode of Le Petit Journal in her debut French TV appearance. A scheduled appearance at the French festival La Maroquinerie in November 2015 was cancelled. She later appeared on American radio as part of the second episode of Skrillex's OWSLA Radio on 13 February 2016.

On 30 August, Tkay premiered her single "Carry On", featuring guest vocals from US rapper Killer Mike. The track is the first single from her debut album simply titled Tkay, which was released on 28 October 2016.

In May 2020, Tkay announced she had signed with acclaimed British independent label 4AD[8] and released her new single 'Shook' with praise from NME[9] and Rolling Stone.[10]

In February 2021, Tkay released her new track ‘Kim’, six months on from the release of her Last Year Was Weird, Vol.2 EP working with US artist Yung Baby Tate.[11]

Alongside the track’s release, Tkay also 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.[12]


Maidza has said she admires the work of Nicki Minaj, Santigold, Major Lazer and Lorde.[13]


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Tkay 20


List of mixtapes, with release date and label shown
Title Details
Last Year Was Weird (Vol. 1)
  • Released: 31 August 2018[15]
  • Label: Dew Process
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Last Year Was Weird (Vol. 2)
  • Released: 7 August 2020[16]
  • Label: 4AD & Universal Music
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming, vinyl
Last Year Was Weird (Vol. 3)
  • Scheduled: 2021[16]
  • Label: 4AD & Dew Process/Universal Music Australia
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with release date and label shown
Title Details
Switch Tape


As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Brontosaurus"[20] 2013 89 12 Non-album single
"U-Huh"[21] 2014 Switch Tape
"Switch Lanes"[22]
"M.O.B."[23] 2015 52 6
"Ghost" 96 13
"Carry On"
(featuring Killer Mike)
2016 89 Tkay
"Glorious" 2017 Non-album singles
"Bom Bom"
(with Danny L Harle)[25]
(featuring Duckwrth)
2018 Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 1
"White Rose"
(featuring JPEGMafia)
2019 Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2
"IDC If U Be Ded" Non-album single
"Shook"[26] 2020 Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2
"Don't Call Again"
(featuring Kari Faux)[27]
"You Sad"[28]
(with Yung Baby Tate)[29]
2021 Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3
"Where is My Mind?"[30] Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years of 4AD)
"Syrup"[31] Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
BEL (Fl)
"They Say"[38]
(Kilter featuring Tkay Maidza)
2014 Non-album single
(MUST DIE! featuring Tkay Maidza)
2015 Death & Magic
"Down Like This"[40]
(Motez featuring Tkay Maidza)
2016 The Vibe
"Do It Right"
(Martin Solveig featuring Tkay Maidza)
56 72 31 38 41 97 Non-album singles
(Basenji featuring Tkay Maidza)
(J-E-T-S (Machinedrum & Jimmy Edgar) featuring Tkay Maidza)

Other appearances

Title Year Album Artist
"DKLA"[44] 2015 Blue Neighbourhood Troye Sivan
"Lying Too"[45] 2016 America Lamb Oil HOLYCHILD
"Glide"[46] 2018 Breathing Room Hoodboi

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Brontosaurus" 2013
"U-Huh" 2014 Josh Logue[47]
"Switch Lanes" Sachio Cook[48]
"M.O.B." 2015
(MUST DIE! featuring Tkay Maidza)
Brendan Vaughan[49]
"Carry On"
(featuring Killer Mike)
(featuring Duckwrth)
2018 Keenan MacWilliam
"White Rose"
(featuring JPEGMafia)
(J-E-T-S featuring Tkay Maidza)
"Shook" 2020 Jenna Marsh
"Don't Call Again"
(featuring Kari Faux)
Tkay Maidza and Jordan Kirk
"You Sad" Jocelyn Anquetil

Awards and nominations

ARIA Music Awards

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

Year Nominee / work Award Result Lost to
2017[50] TKAY Breakthrough Artist Nominated Amy Shark - Night Thinker
Best Urban Album Nominated A.B.Original - Reclaim Australia
2019[51][52] "Awake" Best Hip Hop Release Nominated Sampa The Great - "Final Form"
2020[53] Last Year Was Weird, Vol.2 Best Soul/R&B Release Nominated Miiesha - Nyaaringu

J Awards

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
J Awards of 2020[54][55] Tkay Maidza featuring Kari Faux - "Don't Call Again" Australian Video of the Year Nominated

MTV Europe Music Awards

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
2016[56] herself Best Australian Act Nominated
2018[57] herself Best Australian Act Won

National Live Music Awards

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
National Live Music Awards of 2016[58] herself Live Hip Hop Act of the Year Won
International Live Achievement (Solo) Nominated
National Live Music Awards of 2018[59][60] herself Live Hip Hop Act of the Year Nominated
South Australian Live Voice of the Year Won

South Australian Music Awards

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.[61]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only)
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

Other Awards

Year Award Work Category Result Ref
2015 Rolling Stone Awards - Australia Herself Best New Talent Won [62]
2016 BET Awards Herself Best New International Act Nominated [63]


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