M.A.K.U. SoundSystem is the Afro-Colombian sound you’ve been looking for. Featuring eight members, mostly from Colombia, they weave together a sound that utilizes all of the diverse styles found across the African Diaspora. Based in Queens, this group features a broad mix of brass, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, electronics and vocals. Their music is always danceable as the grooves twist and turn from slow funk to quick afrobeat.
They have a nice EP entitled Makumbala available on bandcamp. Be sure to check it out as it really showcases their incredible range of sound, while capturing the live energy of their playing. I’m sure they will be an instant smash at globalFEST 2012. Listen to Makumbala above and buy the download at makusoundsystem.bandcamp.com