photo Paulo da Costa
MAKADEM. THE OHANGLAMAN. THE BEST BEAT OUT OF KENYA. EVER.
TRADITION & INNOVATION
The aclaimed Kenyan artist Makadem is a specialist in Benga music, the style that is arguably the most distinctive sound to have come out of Kenya's 70 years of creating urban music. Benga spread from the shores of Lake Victoria in the west where Makadem was born. His music is full of tradition and with a lot of story telling. Mixing African traditional instruments, like Nyatiti, Orutu, Ohangla, Kalimba with electric bass and guitar and keys, or using the Calabash and Bunde along with the modern drumset, creates surprices in the sound and show.
ROOTS & FUSION
Claimed to be "Kenyas Fela Kuti", his songs speaks of the fluid nature of modern African culture. With a deep understanding of his roots and the ongoing politics., he demonstrate the fusion that is at the heart in African identity. Makadems excellent musical sense, charm and humor, contributies to any stage with an amazing presence. Makadem uses traditional dance elements along with the ones of Hip Hop or Youruba styles, and has created his own vibrant personal dance styles, that has inspired audiences all over the world.
Makadem has become one of Kenya's most prominent contemporary artists. Every where he has perfomed, from Danish school classes, opening for Seun Kuti, to opening of The Cannes Film Festival, or being headname at Mexicos Ollin Kan Festival performing for 40.000 guests, or in Canada for 200.000, he has taken the audiences with storm. Simply because he is one of a kind, and yet speaks the universal language of good music. His personality is the one that can transmit messages to small and large crowds alike. Pure energy!
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