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For Your Dancing (And Thinking) Pleasure: M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

For Your Dancing (And Thinking) Pleasure: M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

Certain artists — James Brown, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Talking Heads, Public Enemy, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, on and on — make you dance, and also make you think. Your body responds to the grooves. Your voice rises and falls with the cadences of the lyrics. You feel sweaty and spiritually galvanized.

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, an eight-piece band from New York that plays a free show on the New Haven Green on Saturday, June 18, falls within that dancing/thinking tradition. ("To think and dance" appears at the bottom of its Bandcamp page.)

The ground-level sediment is traditional Colombian music,...

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