M.A.K.U embodies an active quest for identity through sound and bodies in motion, and puts on a party for everyday people #ImmigrantBeat
SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MAIN STAGE!
“Guitarist Camilo Rodriguez is the mastermind behind M.A.K.U SoundSystem and came up with the group’s name. The first part of their name, M.A.K.U, is borrowed from the Nukak Maku tribe indigenous to the Southern part of Colombia.
This tribe is unique in that it managed to remain without any outside human contact until the late 1980’s.
Despite being a peaceful people, the Nukak Maku tribe has since been persecuted within Colombia and exiled out of its original territory, a move that has forced the tribe to abandon several of its traditions and adopt a more western way of life.
Additionally, the word Maku means ‘low class person’ in the indigenous languages in the Southern region of Colombia.
Adding this context to ‘Sound System’, referring to the huge public parties thrown in the streets of Colombia and Jamaica in the 60’s and 70’s, M.A.K.U SoundSystem stands for a party for the people.”