A lifelong performer, Kimaya is a jazz vocalist with classical and world music training.
For upcoming performance dates, visit the calendar.
- Recording her first solo album, "Breastfed" (release date TBD).
- Kimaya has spent the last 18 months as the songwriter for the online history-play-in-progress, Hillary the First, a weekly recap of the election events written in the style of Shakespeare. See more in Collaborations.
More recent recordings and past work can be found below.
past performance work
- Three-continent tour with Northern Harmony teaching and performing traditional folk music from South Africa, Caucasus Georgia, Corsica, the Balkans, and the United States.
- Featured in Swarthmore College's newly-commissioned children's opera, The Royal Singer. More classical performance can be found here.
- Performed as the Gardener in the new devised play, Here in my Garden.
"Campus a cappella group['s] performance at the beginning of the show was especially enchanting, as well as Diggs’ entire vocal performance..." - The Phoenix
Kimaya has contributed writing and music to plays, operas, podcasts, recordings, and TV shows as a contributing writer, librettist, lyricist, songwriter, and devising artist.
Interested in collaborating? Get in touch.
A selection of short fiction and poetry that has appeared in print:
Snowbirds (page 19)
Art and photo by Miyuki Baker
sorting chat - theme song composer
This theme song was composed and recorded for the new podcast, Sorting Chat. The song was inspired by the original Harry Potter theme music to support this new podcast which features a core group of four Harry Potter-philes as they "sort" famous historical figures into Hogwarts houses.
little town in the hills (working title) - Librettist
Loosely drawing from the canon of Jewish Chelm stories as well as classical European folk and fairy lore, this children's opera tells the tale of two young children who wake one morning to find that the grownups from their town have gone missing. The story follows their search, frightening encounters with forest animals, and the teamwork necessary to solve several tricky riddles and find the grownups.
This work was commissioned by Guerilla Opera. Composer Jeremy Rapaport-Stein is currently composing the music.
scarlet letters - underscoring & songs
Based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, this one-woman play with song explores themes of femininity over time and the cultural narrative of womanhood. Written by Patrick Ross, the play is fully underscored and features two songs with words and music by Kimaya. "Scarlet Letters" premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
" ... composer Kimaya Diggs’s entrancing acoustic soundtrack..."-Phindie
hillary the first - songwriter
Hillary the First was a weekly recap of the year's election events written in the style of Shakespeare by Patrick Ross. Kimaya wrote a farewell song for every candidate that dropped out over an 18-month period.
Kimaya has taught and performed international folk music traditions for 12 years. She sings in 27 languages and over 20 distinct vocal styles and traditions.
Currently, Kimaya teaches 2nd- through 12th-grade students in various vocal ensembles in Amherst, MA, and at the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA, where she also maintains a studio of private students.
Interested in private lessons? Get in touch.