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MAKADEM 'KOKO RIO'

The Kenyan artist Makadem is a specialist in Benga music. Benga Beat is the most distinctive sound to have come out of Kenya’s 70 years of creating urban music. It spread from the shores of Lake Victoria in the west where Makadem was born. His music is full of tradition and full of story telling. Makadem has lived in several countries on the African continent, and both his music and texts have the influences from his own life experiences. They are written in all the languages he masters, added with his typical Luo-English accent.

Claimed to be “Kenyas Fela Kuti”, Makadems songs speaks of the fluid nature of modern African culture. With a deep understanding of his roots and the ongoing politics, he demonstrate the fusion that is at the heart in African identity.

This is Makadems 2nd full album, after the East African best seller OHANGLAMAN produced by Tabu Osusa, and released by Ketebul Music in 2006.

KOKO RIO is recorded live in Denmark and Ghana. Makadem always stick to his roots, but he loves the music of the world, and will take any inspiration and add, if suiting the song. His music is contemporary African with thick traces to his own background. The producers, Richard Plougmann and Carolina Vallejo, have worked to unify the expressions, to create the typical “Makademian” sound he is known for.

Yet the music is Kenyan, the musicians perfoming
on this album, have each added their spices; Strong Congolese guitars by the master John Mutombo, Ghanesian up tempo Afro Beats by Francis Kweku Osei on the drums and Gaddiel Amoah on the bass, the Cuban horns performed by Carlos Pérez and Yuliesky Gonzalez, in the mix with Makadem's rhythmic vocals, is all ment to get the listener directly to the dance floors.

We are so happy to be working as an international, multicultural crowd. With all the logistic challenges of producing an album with musicians from different parts of the planet, it’s been a fun adventure.

We hope that the strong energy of Makadem’ s KOKO RIO is transmitted and will make the world dance! 

Carolina Vallejo & Richard Plougmann All music ©by Makadem

Executive producer Carolina Vallejo
Produced by Carolina Vallejo & Richard Plougmann

Executive producer Carolina Vallejo Arrangements by

Mathew Rabala & John Mutombo Arrangements by

1. Nipe Denda Moja* 05:57

Mathew Rabala & John Mutombo Makadem Vocals & Backing Vocals

1. Nipe Denda Moja* 05:57 2. Koko Rio 05:07

John Mutombo Accoustic & Electric Guitar Makadem Vocals & Backing Vocals

2. Koko Rio 05:07 3. Omotade 04:52

Gaddiel Amoah Bass
John Mutombo Accoustic & Electric Guitar

Carl Amoah Keys Gaddiel Amoah Bass

3. Omotade 04:52 4. Alléz Alléz 04:07

Francis Kweku Osei Drums & Percussion Carl Amoah Keys

4. Alléz Alléz 04:07 5. Amani 05:02

Yuliesky Gonzalez Trumpet
Francis Kweku Osei Drums & Percussion

Carlos Pérez Trombone Yuliesky Gonzalez Trumpet

5. Amani 05:02 6. Take me Home 04:48

Patricia Oppong Kumi Backing Vocals Carlos Pérez Trombone

6. Take me Home 04:48 7. Sawa Sawa** 06:09

Patricia Oppong Kumi Backing Vocals
* Nipe Denda Moja Richard Plougmann Shaker

7. Sawa Sawa** 06:09 8. Otongolo Gal 03:21

** Koko Rio Carolina Vallejo Clapping
* Nipe Denda Moja Richard Plougmann Shaker

*** Sawa Sawa Partly recorded by Thommy Eggers at Hot Hut Studio ** Koko Rio Carolina Vallejo Clapping

8. Otongolo Gal 03:21 9. Nyamala Dede 05:27

Carl Winther Keys • Jivin Cameron Bass • Yohan Ramón Shaker on intro *** Sawa Sawa Partly recorded by Thommy Eggers at Hot Hut Studio

Backing vocals Nana Otuwa Ewool
Carl Winther Keys • Jivin Cameron Bass • Yohan Ramón Shaker on intro

9. Nyamala Dede 05:27 10. Stand Up! 03:30

**** Nyamala Dede Assi Roar Bass Backing vocals Nana Otuwa Ewool

10. Stand Up! 03:30

**** Nyamala Dede Assi Roar Bass
Cover Design Maria Lulu Ramirez Vallejo & Carolina Vallejo

Cover Photo ©by Steve Kivutia • Booklet Photos ©by Carolina Vallejo Cover Design Maria Lulu Ramirez Vallejo & Carolina Vallejo

Cover Photo ©by Steve Kivutia • Booklet Photos ©by Carolina Vallejo
All music Recorded & Mixed by Richard Plougmann at Juicyhalftone’s Studio A,

Copenhagen, Denmark • Mastered by Nikolaj Vinten, Copenhagen, Denmark • Bass All music Recorded & Mixed by Richard Plougmann at Juicyhalftone’s Studio A,

& Keys Recorded by Francis Kweku Osei, Groove House Recording Studio, Accra, Copenhagen, Denmark • Mastered by Nikolaj Vinten, Copenhagen, Denmark • Bass

Ghana • Backing Vocals Recorded by Michael Awuni at Gracious Studios,
& Keys Recorded by Francis Kweku Osei, Groove House Recording Studio, Accra,

MAKADEM MAKADEM

Cape Coast, Ghana
Ghana • Backing Vocals Recorded by Michael Awuni at Gracious Studios,

Cape Coast, Ghana

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