M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, a powerhouse 8-piece band, are innovators of immigrant beat. Born out of the diverse borough of Queens, NY and and incubated in the tiny Colombian-owned venue Terraza Cafe, M.A.K.U was able build their explosive sound and unshakable grooves. 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 party continues. M.A.K.U put out The Mix (Peace & Rhythm, 2017) their 5th album in January and have already begun writing new and original music for their 6th album.
Over the past 7 years of rehearsals and gigs, criss-crossing the United States 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.
M.A.K.U’s music derives from their immigrant experience, which is an opportunity to create, to find a voice that speaks loud and proud, to connect past and future. A chance to make history.
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