Songwriter, World Music, Folk (ES)
Pedro Makay was born in Bilbao. In childhood he received his first musical experience in piano lessons and at 13 he started playing Spanish guitar. In a trip to Jamaica with his family, while visiting a friend in Negril he’s introduced to Caribbean rhythms, reggae and calypso which would become inspirational to his music.
In Bilbao a reputed gypsy guitarist, Jose Cortes, introduces him to flamenco and teaches him the repetition and discipline necessary to improve and perfect his technique on flamenco guitar. Then he started composing.
In 2007 he recorded his first album by the name of Pedro Makay with Carlos Velasco, Teddy Baxter and Daniel Amat. That same year he traveled to Buenos Aires where he lived the following 4 years. He studies harmony/composition with Rino Rafanelli, singing with Silvia Gaddi and acting with Lito Cruz. In BA he presents his album playing gigs in night clubs, cabarets, theaters and cultural centers in the Buenos Aires scene, promoting his music in radio stations and television.
In 2010 he records in Argentina his second album, Ojos Negros, with the producer Andres Mayo and musicians Gustavo “El Polaco” Goyeneche, Gabriel Costa, Daniel Leis, Ervin Stutz, Alejo Von der Pahlen and Juanjo “El Chaqueño” Martinez. The record was listed in the Latin Grammy Awards, under the categories of “Album of the year” and “Best New Artist”.
In 2012 he returns to Spain, where he continued his musical career in Madrid, offering concerts in mythical halls such as Sala Barco, El Juglar, Café la Palma, the Berlin Café and Sala Clamores with the participation of Mali, griot Fousseni Fakoly, Abba Suso, griot from Gambia and Cuban singer Lazaro Armenteros, grandson of Benny Moré, as well as appearing in European venues, Beograde, Seville, Bologna, Milan, Venice, Rome and many more.
In Lavapies, an intensely active cultural and multi ethnical neighbourhood of Madrid, where he lives (a European Greenwich Village where all cultures of the world converge) is an important source of inspirational influence in his music.
Since 2016 he has participated in prestigious Italian Music Festivals: The Riccia Folk Festival, The Fiesta Global of Montefabbri Festival and the Bertinoro Festival, amongst others. In 2020 he played at Alkantara Fest – international Folk & World Music Festival, in Sicily, and in 2021 he signed with the Italian label Caligola Records and releases his new album “Colores”, presenting it in various events and Festivals such as the Ravenna Festival of Cultures and the Songwriting Festival in Venice.
“Colores” is an eight song album of own compositions inspired by popular roots and born through musical encounters, experiences and intense collaborations with musicians of diverse cultures. Recorded live in collaboration with, amongst others, Norman Hogue, Miron Rafajlovic, Abba Suso, Roberto Lorenzo, Aboubakar Syla, Pancho Brañas, “Colores” could best be described as offering a “World Music”style.
“Colores, an accomplished album full of vibrant rhythms, great for dancing, which we could include in the WORLD MUSIC genre and is crossing beyond our frontiers with Pedro and his band participating in different Music Festivals and International Events”.
Tato Puerto, En Un Mundo Feliz.
“A cheerful and fresh job; different from most of the records in circulation today … Spain, Africa, Caribbean, North America, all the “Colores” of world music in a work that to ascribe to the “world music” genre would perhaps be an understatement: listen to it, there are eight hypnotic songs and engaging, which will not leave you indifferent!“.
“Original and brilliant mix of: afro-cuban, jazz, funk, blues and rock…with taste and talent, injection of sunny joy“.
Eugenio Mirti, Jazzespresso.
“Colourful album, vital, fresh and greatly optimistic”.
Sonia Frias, Entrelares. Círculo de Bellas Artes
“Bright and fresh music is greatly danceable and in favor of the public”.
Lola Martinez, Artesfera. Radio 3.
“A high level show with great compositions”.
La Noche en Vivo.
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