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Maya Amolo Wants You to Embrace Love

We talk to the rising Kenyan artist about her new single "Foundry," finding love and her upcoming album.

Maya Amolo feels more confident than ever. With her debut album around the corner and having recently been named Spotify's Fresh Finds Africa inaugural artist, the 23-year-old Kenyan singer-songwriter has a lot to feel hopeful about.

“My brand was very much being a sad girl,” she shares, referring to her last project Leave Me At The Pregame. “I thought I was so edgy but I was comfortable with that being my brand. But once I willed myself out of that mindset, I realized that my music is way more wholesome. I make happy music and I enjoy singing about love.”

Following the success of her last single "Can’t Get Enough," Maya’s latest offering "Foundry" exemplifies her growth as an artist in full mastery of her emotions. To make the smooth-jam anthem, Maya collaborated with Kenyan producers Lukxrito and DJ IV along with upcoming Ugandan artist kalibwani who features on the track. With smoldering lyrics like “let me in the shadows of your mind tonight” and “killing me softly but it’s not a crime,” Maya’s honeyed vocals showcase the enchanting qualities of romantic love that sound sweet without feeling overly sugared.

Our conversation with Maya offers a glimpse at what’s inspired this new season of tenderness as we look forward to a project that’s posed to shape the sound Kenyan R&B for years to come.

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Maya Amolo Knows You’re Addicted In New Visuals For ‘I Know’

The New York City-based Kenyan artist had her mother on as director, as they truly do know best.

New York City-based Kenyan artist Maya Amolo has released visuals for her single "I Know," which is featured on her debut EP Leave Me At The Pregame, released in July.

Amolo is known for her raspy vocals, soft melodies and thought provoking lyrics, all of which are present in the hit track. The powerful visuals are supported by even more powerful subject matter, as Maya sings about a past lover who did her dirty. The lyrics, however, tell the story of a woman who is stronger and worth more than someone who doesn't know how to treat a woman the right way.

The visuals, colours and scenes throughout the video perfectly encapsulate the aura of a woman dead set on glowing up after getting out of a bad relationship. The video was shot by Maya's mother Mumbi Muturi in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Listen to Maya Amolo's New Single 'I Know'

The upcoming Kenyan R&B/Soul singer delivers her new laid-back track.