This thursday its Makadem bringing his benga beat fire.
Makadem also known as the Ohanglaman is of one Kenya’s most talented performing artist. His command on stage, charisma and powerful vocal delivery, spiced with satire has made many describe him as Kenya’s own Fela Kuti. He has successfully fused different genres of music from Kenya, Africa and the world with his native Luo Benga music.
Makadem recorded and release his first single a reggae dancehall single titled ‘Mr. Lololova’ in 1999. Years later Makadem met and started collaborating with veteran afro fusion producer, Tabu Osusa. This collaboration saw Makadem successfully transform his style of music from raga to an African based style that he refers to as ‘Anglo-Ohangla’.
Makadem went on to record his debut album titled ‘Ohanglaman’ under Tabu Osusa’s keen guidance, which was released under Ketebul Music in 2007. Makadem uses his humorous and witty lyrics to address deep socio-economic struggles in modern day Kenya.
He has toured in Morocco, Mexico, and Europe and performed in regional festivals including Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar), Bayimba (Uganda) and Fest’Horn (Djibouti). He has shared the stage with top international artists including, Gregory Isaacs, Culture, Glen Washington, Baaba Maal, Mahotella Queens and Lokua Kanza to mention but a few.
Simply put Makadem is one of a kind. He speaks the universal language of good music. with a personality that can transmit fire to small and large crowds alike. Pure energy!
His most recent album Kokorio was released in 2016.
Check out Makadem in the following video links
J’s Fresh Kitchen accepts reservations so please make a reservation early in the week for a table should you know you will be coming for dinner. The number for reservations is 0707612585. J’s Westlands is a 23 years and older venue. The show starts promptly at 8pm so tables are held til 8pm after which they are opened to other customers.