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.
Ahead of the EP release, Makeda! will be releasing a music video for “If He Gets to be President,” a defiant anthem written for black women, on May 29, 2018.
Makeda! was founded in 2013 by guitarist Mike Sutjipto and vocalist and drummer Sara Haile-Mariam after they connected over Craigslist while living in Washington DC. In 2015 the duo made an impromptu move to California. The EP also features the playing of Christian Vieyra on bass and Cooper Holzman on keys.
I’ll Say It How I Want To was recorded and mixed by Mark Rains at the Station House in Echo Park, CA. It was mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, NYC assisted by Chris Allgood.