February 9th 23:00 Mainstage Sauti za Busara Festival
MAKADEM KOKO RIO
The Kenyan artist Makadem is a specialist in Benga music. Benga Beat is the most distinctive sound to have come out of Kenya’s 70 years of creating urban music. It spread from the shores of Lake Victoria in the West, where Makadem was born. His music is full of tradition and full of story telling. Makadem has lived in several countries on the African continenet, and both his music and texts have the influences from his own life experiences. They are written in all the languages he masters, added with his tipical Luo-English accent. Claimed to be “Kenyas Fela Kuti”, Makadems 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. This is Makadems 2nd full album, after the East African best seller OHANGLAMAN produced by Tabu Osusa, and released by Ketebul Music in 2006. KOKO RIO is recorded live in Denmark and Ghana. Makadem always sticks to his roots, but he loves the music of the world, and will take any inspiration and add, if suiting the song. His music is contemporary African with thick traces to his own background. The producers, Richard Plougmann and Carolina Vallejo, have worked to unify the expressions, to create the typical “Makademian” sound he is known for. Yet the music is Kenyan, the musicians perfoming on this album, have each added their spices; Strong Congolese guitars by the master John Mutombo, Ghanesian up tempo Afro Beats by Francis Kweku Osei on the drums and Gaddiel Amoah on the bass, the Cuban horns performed by Carlos Pérez and Yuliesky Gonzalez, in the mix with Makadems rhythmic vocals, is all ment to get the listener directly to the dance floors. We are so happy to be working as an international, multicultural crowd. With all the logistic challenges of producing an album with musicians from different parts of the planet, it’s been a fun adventure. We hope that the strong energy of Makadem’ s KOKO RIO is transmitted and will make the world dance!