The Letter (Official Soundtrack)

by Maia Lekow & Ken Myhr

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Miembe 04:02
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Into Kaya 01:40
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Linda Mtama 02:11
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Confusion 01:32
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Out of Kaya 01:35
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Harusi 02:09
11.
Ulisema 01:50

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Critics have praised The Letter as "Indestructible Female Power", "Exceptionally Charismatic" & "Magical". The debut feature-doc by Kenyan/Australian wife-and-husband filmmaking team Maia Lekow & Christopher King.

Maia, also a prominent Kenyan musician, was inspired over the six years of filming to compose a poignant original score for the film.

Creating the songs mostly with vocals and guitar, Maia then joined forces with Emmy-winning, Toronto-based composer Ken Myhr to grow the sonic and emotional range of 9 original tracks. Maia's rich vocal textures act as a spiritual guardian for Grandma and the vulnerable elders of the film, and we are pleased to make it available online, together with two bonus tracks "Harusi" by Utamaduni Brass Band, and "Ulisema" by Vidze Kaladze Vidze, the Grandson protagonist of the film.

credits

released July 31, 2020

All songs written & performed by Maia Lekow & Ken Myhr.
Except 10 by Utamaduni Brass Band, and 11 by Vidze Kaladze Vidze

Percussion by Kasiva Mutua
Additional Cello by Anne Bourne

Mixed by Nico Berthold at Viktoria Studios, Berlin

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Maia & The Big Sky Nairobi, Kenya

Maia represents a different flavor to Kenya's contemporary musical landscape. Her magnetic vocals, both in kiswahili and english, weave together African polyrhythms with soul and folk, creating a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents.

Daughter of Kenyan musical legend Sal Davis, Maia has earned herself a formidable reputation as one of Kenya's most explosive live performers.
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