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Maiko Zulu is the most celebrated and consistent Reggae artiste in Zambian music history today.
Born Michael Somanje Zulu in Zambia’s tourist capital Livingstone, he grew up as a farm – boy herding goats and growing corn and vegetables on his grandfather’s farm in the Central Province of Zambia. It was there that he learned his first vocal chords while screaming and running behind 100 to 150 goats.

Moving to the capital city of Lusaka at age six, Maiko often jumped the walls to watch local musicians perform. Later while in school, he toggled between being an Amateur Boxer, a drama actor and a budding songwriter. Music, however, got the best of him and soon he would be seen in every corner of the country performing with local music legends such as Ackim Simukonda, PK Chishala and Chris Chali of the Amayenge Cultural Ensemble. Maiko, also fondly known as St. Michael has performed on the same stage with the late Brenda Fassie (Independence Stadium, Lusaka), Lucky Dube (Independence Stadium, Lusaka), Oliver Muthukudzi (Ndola, Zambia) and Jabu Khanyile (Durban, South Africa) and Kanda Bongoman among others. (Reference: Times of Zambia, Zambia Daily Mail)

In 2001, then going by the stage name of St. Michael, he became the first Zambian artiste to be nominated for the biggest music awards in Africa, Kora All Africa Music Awards (Ref. www.koraawards.com). He has won the local Ngoma Awards for Best Male Performer on two occasions (Ref. National Arts Council of Zambia) and also has an AZAMI Award (Annual Zambian Music Industry Awards) in his collection. Maiko was also nominated for the M-Net Most talked about artiste awards in Zambia

Internationally, Maiko has performed in South Africa (Durban 2000 AIDS conference), Burkina Faso in West Africa and in the United Kingdom. Due to his involvement and active work in promotion of human rights, International Labour Organization (ILO) honoured him as goodwill Ambassador Against Child Labour for Zambia.

Maiko has produced 6 albums namely:
1. In The Ghetto (2001) 2. Pressure (2004) 3. Reggae Unlimited (2005) 4. Mad President (2006) 5. Monk Square Revolution (2008) 6.Ju$tice For Hire (2009)

Maiko is an aggressive stage performer with direct social commentary in his hard-hitting lyrics. His 2006 album Mad President has continued to raise the controversy surrounding the artiste with Parliament in Zambia debating his music during live broadcast of parliamentary debates. Ref. National Assembly Radio. So far, Maiko Zulu is the only local reggae artiste to have hit the Sounds Top 20 Charts in Zambia.

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