• Makedem took center stage at Alliance Française on May 19, 2023, introducing audiences to his groundbreaking Nyatiti Tronic sound.
• The atmosphere was electric as Makedem launched into his three-hour performance, captivating the almost full house audience with his infectious energy.
In a spectacular showcase of musical innovation, Kenyan artist Makedem took center stage at Alliance Française on May 19, 2023, introducing audiences to his groundbreaking Nyatiti Tronic sound.
A true visionary, Makedem has spent over a decade exploring the possibilities of transforming the traditional 8-stringed lyre, known as the nyatiti, into a contemporary marvel.
The result was an awe-inspiring fusion of nyatiti with electronic dance music, amapiano, and house beats, culminating in an extraordinary jazz experience.
The atmosphere was electric as Makedem launched into his three-hour performance, captivating the almost full house audience with his infectious energy.
Notably present were both local Kenyan artists and foreign enthusiasts, drawn to the international cultural center that is Alliance Française.
The show commenced with a captivating cover of Eric Wainaina's "Adhiambo," transformed into a nyatiti-infused jazz masterpiece. The ethereal sounds of the nyatiti harmonized flawlessly with the saxophone, electric guitar, and bongo drums, causing heads to bop in unison.
Transitioning seamlessly, Makedem presented a soul-stirring rendition of Bi Kidude's Zanzibar hit, "Muhogo wa Jango'mbe," demonstrating the versatility and adaptability of his nyatitiness.
The crowd was immediately entranced, succumbing to the diverse range of musical influences within the performance. However, it was the pulsating rhythm of "Whoa Shiko" that truly ignited the audience. With everyone on their feet, the infectious track compelled the crowd to sway and jam recklessly to the tune.
As the performance progressed, Makedem treated the audience to a special song close to his heart, "Obongo Bless Me," which he dedicated to his spiritual journey.
The emotional depth of the lyrics resonated with the listeners, eliciting heartfelt responses and further enhancing the connection between artist and audience.
The energy reached its pinnacle during "This Is a Pandemic," a touching fusion of rock, jazz, hip-hop, and nyatiti, cleverly raising awareness about the ongoing Covid pandemic in an entertaining manner.
The crowd enthusiastically sang along, immersing themselves in the profound message conveyed through the artistry.
Makedem continued to captivate with tracks like "I Have Decided to Follow Scissors" and "Alango," each showcasing his unrivaled talent and musical dexterity.
With the show drawing to a close, Makedem left the audience spellbound with a Luo rendition of JB Maina's "Tiga Kumute," leaving them yearning for an encore.
Despite the time constraints, Makadem had undeniably made an indelible mark on the Alliance Française stage.