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Makadem

Makadem

Makadem is a talented musician and vibrant performing artiste. His stage presence, charismatic persona and powerful vocal delivery have had him likened to the legendary King of Afro-Beat, Fela Kuti; and his soulful folk ballads have earned him comparisons to the legendary Bob Dylan. Makadem has toured widely in Europe, including at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival in France in May 2012. In 2014 he was a headline act at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival held in Washington DC. Including the Kennedy centre.

In 2015 he was at the Doa Doa in Jinja Uganda, he headlined at the Fete de la music concert in Kampala Uganda courtesy of Alliance Francaise du Kampala and Illimba festivals in Arusha Tanzania.

In Kenya he performed during Airtel sondeka festivals in Nairobi and many others.

2016 started on a high note for makadem with the launching of the now popular Ongea East Africa summit, later he was performing along side Africa’s big rhumba maestro one Koffi Olomide at the Koroga festivals in Nairobi just before he left to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in April.

In Dubai Makadem was the solo headlining African act at the Global Village main stage courtesy of Africa Pavilion.

Meanwhile in Abu Dhabi he performed at the New York university and also held workshops with the arts students.

Later came The People Of The Nile Festival in kisumu kenya and lastly The Kilifi New Year Eve Party, here he collaborated with Wakuu and Bengatronics.

2017 has seen Makadem perform at Soysambu kenya along side the Grammy Nominated Rocky Dawuni of Ghana, Nafasi Art Space in Dar Es Salaam Tanzania just before jetting off to Mexico for Ollin Kan Fest in Tlalpan Mexico City.

On return from Mexico Makadem stayed in Europe for his three month solo acoustic Nyatiti Euro Tour. He has had concerts at Couleur Cafe Festivals in Copenhagen, Pan African Fest in Aarhus Denmark  concerts in Viganj Croatia and Berlin Germany.

The Nyatiti Euro Tour lives on. Makadem is one artiste who has done a lot of collaborations with international house deejay producers. He is taking the Nyatiti back to dance hall where the instrument belongs.

From DJ Esa Williams based in London, DJ Maximillian Doblhof Vienna Austria, DJ Suraj Nairobi Kenya ,to Dj Berh of J’burg South Africa, all facilitated by Santuri Safari.