Last night, I was at the JOVM unofficial home office of Brooklyn Bowl to catch the Washington, DC-based Congo Sanchez and the New York-based People’s Champs and M.A.K.U. Soundsytem, who I’ve heard about for some time. Now, if you’ve been following this site for some time, you may have picked up on the fact that I routinely play with technology as a way to bring new content for you to listen, read and watch – and I have some footage of M.A.K.U. Soundsystem performing “La Tomba” (Colombian slang for police) live from my iPhone 5.
Of course some background: Although based in New York, most of the band’s members originally hail from various regions of Colombia and as a result their sound incorporates elements of cumbia, Colombian folk, psych rock and reggae riddims with arrangements based around guitar, bass, horns, drums and traditional Colombian percussion in a way that sounds familiar and alien yet incredibly funky. But interestingly enough, their material lyrically deals with the realities of everyday folk such as love, the struggle to survive with one’s dignity intact, their own experiences as immigrants but with an uplifting positivity – the sort of that would make even the hardest cynic smile.