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Makeda

Avant/Experimental,Electronic | Australia

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Makeda is a multidisciplinary artist living in Eora (so called Sydney, Australia). Her work is focused primarily in the sonic space - creating her own lucid texture driven songs, composing for dance and film and DJing.

Her sound is one which is ever-evolving and refuses to be pinned down - taking ideological and aesthetic cues from a broad spectrum of experimental, pop, post-punk and electronic music influences. She has earned performance slots alongside HTRK, Klein, Peggy Gou, Aisha Devi, 33EMYBW, Ross from Friends; also accruing an enviable CV of local and international festival slots. Makeda has presented commissions at Dark Mofo, Red Bull Music, Soft Centre, Rising, Vivid Live; and institutions including Art Gallery of NSW, ACMI and MONA. Her music for Amber McCartney’s dance work ‘Baby Girl’ was praised by MONA FOMA's Artistic Director Brian Richie as a highlight of the 2023 festival.

These theatrical site-specific commissions are a staple of Makeda's performance repertoire. J’OUVERT is an exploration of the Trinidadian 4am street festival - delving into the slave liberation of 1838, the invention of the steel pan drum, and Makeda's own Caribbean roots. Another work, PERFORMING FEMININITY, saw the artist 3D rendered and live-streamed onto auditorium walls whilst performing from backstage, while a stand-in performed front of stage - a vivacious, yet delicate statement on breaking open institutional expectations around performing sexuality as a woman in the music-world. A reinvigorated childhood-cum-covid obsession of roller skating appeared in another large scale work for SOFT CENTRE - where she transformed into a figure skater singing new song works in a synchronised skating performance.

Makeda has two EPs ‘Lifetrap’ (2019) and ‘Venus Leak’ (2021) and is currently working on an album. She has been remixed by Roza Terenzi and Curl (the side project of London-based Coby Sey, Klein, Mica Levi & Tirzah) and herself remixed artists including My Disco and Ariel Zetina.

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