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Maxi Jazz (born Maxwell Fraser on 15 June 1957 in Brixton, London[1]) is an English Sōka Gakkai rapper. He is best known as the lead vocalist of British band Faithless.

Maxi founded The Soul Food Cafe System as a DJ in 1984, having discovered hip-hop a year earlier. He transferred this sound to pirate radio station LWR in 1987.

In 1989 The Soul Food Cafe Band was picked up by Tam Tam Records, which is the dance wing of Savage Records), and the album Soul Food Café was recorded. Maxi founded Namu Records in 1992 in order to release the band’s material in the form of three E. P’s and the band toured as a support act to various artists, including Jamiroquai in Amsterdam; Soul II Soul in Barcelona; Galliano in Switzerland; and Jason Rebello in Brazil. After the band dissolved, Maxi worked throughout Europe, and took time out to collaborate with Jah Wobble on the “Invaders Of The Heart” album, followed by live dates with the Wobble Collective.

Maxi met Rollo Armstrong in a studio and went on to form Faithless, together with Jamie Catto and Sister Bliss. As a Soka Gakkai Buddhist, Maxi’s strong beliefs and the band’s own strong individual beliefs, contrast with the name Faithless., which was chosen during the writing of the song Salva Mea. Rollo had asked Maxi to write a song about frustration, which was something to which Maxi could relate from his own experiences. The subject matter of Maxi’s lyrics range from upbeat to melancholic. His work covers a range of personal and social issues, including current affairs and social commentary.

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  • EricValeev

    ♥ My Culture

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • cWalkerTHPS


    25 Jan 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    a solo album would be nice

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • romko2000

    я достаточно сильно не уважаю и не люблю реп и хип-хоп. Но то как читает Maxi Jazz - не дано ни одному живущему на свете!!!!!!! Просто, изящно, свойственным лишь только ему ритмом, который наполнен и африканским солнцем, и урбанизацией мегаполисов. Одним словом - Maxi Jazz НЕПОВТОРИМ!!!!!!!!

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mohcinshah

    'My Culture' just blew me away.

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • denisgianne


    24 Jun 2010 Reply
  • danielyuki

    Soka gakkai and buddhism are 2 different things...

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Gecko_007

    His lyrics touch my soul & I relate to them more than any other artist. His talent is truly amazing!!

    5 Dec 2009 Reply
  • pouncing_panda

    A really good rapper.

    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • antennko


    13 Nov 2008 Reply
  • LilTheater

    Terrible, to be quite honest.

    31 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Slowdowns

    ...and Rollo.

    21 Jul 2006 Reply