The inaugural concert at Thursday Nite Live @ J’s Westlands will be launched with the afro benga fusion of Makadem.
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.
His most recent album Kokorio was released in 2015.
Simply put Makadem is one of a kind, and yet speaks the universal language of good music. His personality is the one that can transmit messages to small and large crowds alike. Pure energy!
You can catch a glimpse of him below.