Maka Roots musical journey has come full circle. From San Diego to Hawaii to Norcal and back, returning to his San Diego roots. With regular performances throughout California, Arizona, the southwest and future plans to tour in new territories. Hard work and perseverance are paying off. Maka Roots, alongside the I Sight Band are gaining momentum and building on their Reggae Fambase. Their live performances are reuniting reggae music fans to the foundation roots sound that is disappearing amongst non-Jamaican reggae bands. Bands that are predominant and common in the California reggae scene. Staying true to the Roots is now a stand out quality that Maka's music and live set humbly possess. The spirit and purpose of Maka's music is to perform and promote Conscious Roots and Livity. The objective, to create music with a message. To open the ears and uplift the mind. To move the hearts and lift the spirits. The live set is a refreshing, positive, upful and high energy experience.
Now based in San Diego, Maka has linked with new and long time bredren and musicians to reform The I Sight Band, a top ranking Roots quartet. Tight and crisp. Melodic and creative. Fierce and driving. Dubwise and bubbling. Their versatile set is a balance of styles from the reggae music spectrum. From conscious roots anthems to dancehall style, Rebel music to Lover's Rock, Maka Roots and the I Sight Band plays it all. Executed with precision and heart. The band consists of San Diego's top veteran reggae musicians: Pihkah Gits on guitar, Benji Guzman on keys, Thomas Joseph on bass and Emilio Martinez on drums. An all-star lineup of heartical bredren who share the same objective. Roots music for the masses.
Veteran musician, singer and songwriter, Maka, began his musical journey in 1985, after the profound affect reggae music and its spiritual message had on him. Sine then, Maka has been performing in reggae bands in California and Hawaii. In that time he has shared crucial experiences with the vast reggae family and numerous Bredrin and Sistren of Rastafari. Experiences that include countless performances, long road trips and outer island gigs and highlighted by sharing the stage with a long list of international reggae artists and backing some as well. Maka is a founding member, keyboardist/vocalist of Hawaii's once top reggae bands, The Heartical Crew,a band whose roots sound influenced many of today’s popular Hawaiian reggae bands. After many years of directing all aspects of the music business, he focused on his personal musical path, stepping from the keyboards and up to the microphone as a conscious roots vocalist. In 2006, Maka released his debut CD ‘I Sight’. Like all the great roots reggae singers and players of instruments that influenced him, Maka is equally serious about his faith, Livity, and music. He continues doing Jah Works performing and recording as a vocalist and accompanying other reggae artists on keyboards. He is livicated to his mission as a singer, as player of instrument and as a messenger. Through years of reasoning with Elders of Ras Tafari, he realized it was truly a divine force guiding his path, as he strives to live his life as his Elders, with humility and love. Experience, wisdom and an unwavering sense of purpose are the strength and the spirit driving the music and message. The music that he loves and performs is a Blessed Music, born in Jamaica and brought to the four corners of the Earth. Iniversal Music in Praises of the Most High, Jah Rastafari. HIM Haile Selassie I. Righteousness through Livity, Love and Jah Music.