Ma3 (Maa-‐Three) is a 6-‐piece, quirky Afro Pop band from Nairobi that borrows its name from the inescapable public transport mini-‐ vans that dot cities in Kenya and all over Africa
Ma3 is made up of; Kenya’s most in-‐demand drummer-‐Matthayo, young electric guitar prodigy-‐ Kato , Karanja on Bass, Kenya’s only intellectual property lawyer with a prolific music career -‐ Karimi on acoustic guitar, the magical Nanjira as the band’s vocalist/front “man” and Tim Rimbui, one of East Africa’s leading music producers -‐ on the keyboards.
In the two short years that Ma3 has been in existence, the band has headlined two of the biggest festivals to grace Nairobi i.e. the Spread the Love Festival with Kirk Franklin (September 2009) and Nairobi Kinanda Arts Festival (December 2009) featuring Freshly Ground.
In addition, Ma3 is currently the in-‐house band on The Patricia Show Season II-‐ Africa’s largest TV talk show, syndicated twice weekly to 43 African Countries with an estimated audience of 20million viewers; it is on this stage that Ma3 have collaborated with great African music luminaries like Loyiso Bala from South Africa, Atemi Oyungu –Kenya, Maurice Kirya-‐ Uganda, Mzunguu Kichaa from Tanzania, Zakii Ibrahim from South Africa just to name a few.
Ma3’s sound is that of young, contemporary, urban Africa; mixing soulful English /Swahili lyrics with spell binding guitar riffs built on a solid rhythm section. Ma’s Ep-‐ album is set for release at the end of 2010.
If you love Freshly Ground, Sauti Sol, Asa, Lira, then Ma3’s music is definitely up your alley!