Saturday, May 26, 7:30p
at the Roxbury Arts Center
5025 Vega Mountain Road
M.A.K.U. Soundsystem is a powerhouse that’s been built over years of rehearsals and gigs, criss-crossing America from the Lincoln Center Outdoors -in their adopted hometown of New York- to Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Canada and around the globe to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark and onto the Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde. Everywhere they’ve won over friends: a storming appearance at globalFEST saw the band awarded a touring fund, while new outlets have kept heaping praise on them.
Afropop Worldwide praised the “frantic terrain” the band explores. NPR raved about the “driving and gritty energy…this raw-edged, punk-tinged band explodes with the propulsive force of traditional rhythms and urban restlessness.”
The band passionately elaborates, “The immigrant experience is complex. Though reasons and conditions for migrating vary greatly (modes of transportation, access to resources and language, fear of violence, health, etc.), one thing we can certainly say is that it is a life-changing, identity-shaping experience. As a group of curious and creative people, our immigrant experience manifests itself through the playful exploration of our musical roots and cultural heritage, while making commentary on our day to day realities, inevitably reflecting our times. For the past several years, M.A.K.U Soundsystem has come together week after week to practice communicating in multiple ways; musically, culturally, politically, and straight-up emotionally growing closer as we continue to develop a shared language. It’s not always a tight groove, but the point of our mixing is not to become homogenous for instance our album “Mezcla” is about us coming together through and with our differences, to create a musical experience where we can all be truly present as unique and essential elements of that mix.”
The immigrant experience is an opportunity to create, to find a voice that speaks loud and proud, to connect past and future. A chance to make history. Through the eyes and ears of Colombians who’ve arrived and made their homes in New York City, it is, in every way, a mix, an invitation to think and to dance.
M.A.K.U Soundsystem, based in New York City, with roots in Colombia puts on a party for everyday people. Innovators of immigrant beat, on stage M.A.K.U juxtaposes traditional Colombian percussion, drum-set, electric bass, guitar, to create an explosive performance filled with unshakable grooves.
M.A.K.U put out The Mix (Peace & Rhythm, 2017) their 5th album in January and have already begun promoting their next album slated for summer 2018. The party continues…
M.A.K.U. Soundsystem is:
Camilo Rodriguez, guitar
Liliana Conde, tambora/vocals
Andres Jimenez, Drums
Juan Ospina, Bass/Vocals
Moris Canate, alegre drum
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All tickets purchased on the day of the event are $25.