Makala Cheung – Songwriter Singer and Producer from Knowle West in Bristol, UK making Electronic Pop with an Oriental twist. Makala is a BBC 1Xtra played musician, Bristol Woman cover girl, and was in Bristol Live Magazine ‘albums of the month’
Makala’s music and videos have featured on Bristol’s Big Screen at Millennium Square for the last two years during Harbourside Festival (pictured below).
In September 2015 Makala founded her east meets west themed festival Mini Moon Festival
Makala also loves doing Shaolin Kung Fu, Street Dance, being in nature especially the woods, plus eating delicious food (and driving friends crazy with her vegan gluten free diet) and loves being around people, whether one on one with a best friend or socialising with stranger at a gig that she couldn’t drag any existing friend to! Sometimes she doesn’t mind it quiet – going solo to an art gallery or reading a book…but just sometimes!
In 2015 Makala’s work was exhibited at The Island as part of When Death Comes, which included poetry, lyrics, music and even music videos all responding to the topic of loss. The lyric design was in collaboration with Bart Designs, and videos with Marcus Way.
Makala also performed a special more traditional acoustic version of her music at the exhibition event. (see the video on the performances page).
Makala is also a Bristol & West of England China Bureau ‘Ambassador for Culture’ and one of Bristol’s first Happiness Champions (2013). “As a counterpoint to the annual Sunday Times Rich List, we [The Post, BBC, & Happy City] bring you the happiness list – 50 men and women who bring smiles and cheer to their fellow Bristolians every day.” (Interview further below.)
Makala released her debut EP “Who I Am” in August 2012. She has since released 2 more EPs (the latest of which incorporated Chinese instruments for Chinese New Year and so her oriental fusion was born), and released album River for Chinese New Year 2014, with Moon released for Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2015 at her Oriental themed festival – Mini Moon Festival.
Makala has received numerous press coverage, radio play and interviews, and performed with live band. Radio play and interviews include BBC 1Xtra, BBC Introducing In The West, BBC Bristol, BCFM, Ujima FM (chart show+more), and Passion. Performances include headlining and main stage performances such as Redfest and Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, plus Dot to Dot Festival, St Pauls Carnival, the BBC Stage at Brisfest, Hear No Evil, and Harbourside Festival.
Musical influences include Banks, FKA Twigs, M.I.A, Aaliyah, Dizzee Rascal, Lauryn Hill, Katy B. She’s been compared to Kate Bush, Madonna, and Bjork. Her uncle Chow Chong, was known in Hong Kong as the Father of Cantonese Pop, as he released the first Chinese song in Cantonese (rather than the much more widely spoken Mandarin).
BBC Radio Bristol with Steve Le Fevre – Interview about making the Happy List for Bristol
With thanks to everyone who has helped Makala on her musical journey so far, including:
AJ Rousell (drums and live Musical Director)
Phantom Trophies (co-production, live bass/synth)
Marcus Way (recent photography & design, artwork)
Chris Dean (press images)
Life & Soul Communications (business support and music for the Moon Festival as DJ Belakia)
Previous and dep/ft live support: Sazzey, Greg Badman, Josiah Hartley, Becky Baldwin , Adam Darroch-Thompson, Dan Hill (aka Hugo Bass, in our hearts forever), Rob Ellis, Jordan Andrews, Mark Smulian, Johhny Skinns, Wolfy.
Unearthed – DJing and co-production (Jay Unearthed), design & event photography.
Photography inc Bristol Woman cover image Tanya Hazell Photography
Bart from Jester Designs for logo, merch and Kisses video.
John Seaman Photography & Snappy Andy for sending photos after various events they’ve caught me at.
And not forgetting all the bloggers (linked on the site throughout), promoters, booking agents and DJs (especially Jelli Records, Nia Davis Ujima FM, Kilaze Bristol Homegrown Show, Bristol Music Show BCFM, Mike Shipway Bass Radio, BBC Introducing in the West).