Makeda! (previously known as Music Bones) is back with a new name, a new EP, and a new music video! Though the name is different, you can expect the same blues-y rock sound that came with Music Bones. Their new album, I’ll Say It How I Want To, is set to be released June 8th of this year. The first single from that album, “If He Gets to Be President”, will be blessing us way sooner than that; look out for it on May 29th.
Watch this space for more information on their new album and video. And to drum up your excitement about all the new content coming down the pipe, check out the EP announcement below:
I’ll Say It How I Want To is a four song EP that takes you on the journey of a band’s path to emergence. The songs featured provide a glimpse into the band’s sound and more importantly into their perspective. Makeda! is a rock band that insists on embodying the essential ethos of rock and roll, as exemplified by the genre’s founder Sister Rosetta Tharpe. In doing so, their work actively seeks to draw from tradition, and following in the footsteps of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, leverages music as an instrument of truth telling and disruption. The songs on the EP serve as a response to current events and an unapologetic critique of the paradigms that would have us seek our worth in the subjugation of others (namely white supremacy), while planting the seeds of a vision for something else. That vision is one that Makeda! will continue to advocate for through their music, their work, and their name.
The band’s name (pronounced ma kə da) pays homage to the real name of the Ethiopian Queen of Sheba, as identified by the Kebra Nagast, and is the band’s way of holding space to recall histories that have been whitewashed, minimized and distorted.
I didn’t plan to go out, but really felt like I needed to see the city. I checked to see which bands would be playing at 529 Atlanta, my favorite spot to get a drink and some music, and saw that Ganser was on the bill.
I discovered a great new band to add to my music collection, and a new (and awesome!) individual to add to my blog. Alicia Gaines is the bassist and one of the vocalists for Ganser, and I’m glad I got a chance to experience them live.
529 has been remodeled since the last time I visited, and is no longer the small, cozy spot I fell in love with. The bands sit way higher on the stage, any my picture taking skills have not caught up. So please accept my mediocre shots, and check out the video from the band below to get a taste of their music. You won’t regret it!