M.A.K.U. Sound System is an NYC based Afro-Columbian band infected with jazz, rock, hip hop, punk and Columbian folkloric rhythms. The band diverts from tradition by inflecting their sound with decidedly more modern synthesizers and muscial influences ranging within all different types of genres. The 8-musician ensemble was born in Queens in 2010 and uses an array of instruments in heavy rotation on stage and in the studio, including drums, Colombian drums, guitar, badd, vocals, horn, clarinet, trombone, traditional Colombian instruments such as maracas, gaitas, and synthesizers- to name a few. Most of the band members hail from the country of Colombia but currently live and work in New York City. Each of the musicians adds his or her own interpretations and experiences to every song, both musically and lyrically. The band performed at the first Freedom Festival at Freedom Square in June 2013 for The Sanctuary for Independent Media.