Guys, my excitement is almost palpable. If the subject of today’s blog post cuts a blesser’s figure, then I am, without doubt, glad to be one of her blessees! You see, in the midst of March brouhaha and end-month jollity, Maia has uploaded this video of the first single off her second studio album, Maia & The Big Sky. The central mystery of the song is the idea that power is that which controls the mind. Based as it is on a powerful theme, I am happy to report that Pawa is a classic.
The setting begins in a newsroom and in those brief seconds before the lyrics are heard, we are introduced to the song’s rhythmic motif. Perhaps it is Maia’s intention to extend the vibration of her guitar and I’ve got to hand it that it works pretty well. The reverential visuals are artistically pivotal in allowing the song’s narrative to gently unfold in the listener’s imagination.
“Pawa ni ile, pawa ni ile inacontrol fikra zako.”
Of-course it is Maia and Blinky Bill’s singing, delivered with notable poise, that takes the spotlight. But so are the lucid movements of the dancer and the band’s superb carriage of Pawa’s steady ostinato! The whole band achieves an incredible liquidity as the trombone blares over the pulsating percussion and dancing strings. One more detail that I loved too was the open-air performance. The setting, as well as Maia’s costume, was enough to sum up everything that made this whole production so glorious!
“Who is she? Who is she?” I remember asking myself way back in 2013 as I came across some colleagues printing sleeves for her first album. Now, it is no secret that Maia Von Lekow is a musician I cannot help loving, and that the more I listen to her, the more she fascinates me. And just as I was none the wiser, it’s extremely unlikely that you too will be asking who she is after this.