Tkay Maidza is an Australian singer and rapper, born in Zimbabwe. She has been compared to MIA, Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea.
Maidza's family moved to Australia when she was five years old. They lived in Perth, Kalgoorlie, Whyalla before moving to Adelaide in 2010. She graduated from high school at age 16 and studied architecture at the University of South Australia before becoming a full-time musician.
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. Its single, Switch Lanes, was voted into the 2014 Triple J Hottest 100 at number 100. It would have placed 101st if Taylor Swift's Shake It Off had not been disqualified from the count. She won 'Best Electronica Artist' at the 2014 Fowlers Live Music Awards.
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. 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." Maidza won "Best Song' at the 2016 SAM Awards for the track Ghost.