SHIFTER’s Artist of the Month for January is Makadi – an American R&B/Soul and Hip-hop artist of Zimbabwean descent but currently based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. A champion of versatility and melodic finesse, Makadi consistently pushes the envelope of authenticity. He currently releases music based on “The Color Spectrum” which explores what colour music sounds and feels like. In January 2019, Makadi released his debut album YLLW (pronounced yellow) and in February 2020 he released his sophomore album BLU. His third project TNGRNE released on July 31, 2020 and his fourth project BLCK recently released in December 13th 2020, which explores emotional reflection and outlook amidst systemic oppression, anti-black racism, police brutality juxtaposed with the Black Liberation Movement.

Get to know SHIFTER’s Artist of the Month for January, Makadi.


 Artist Name: Makadi

City/Country: Vancouver, British Columbia

Social media/links:

Instagram (@makadiofficial) | Spotify

Art form/creative discipline: Music.

What has been your biggest creative/professional accomplishment so far? 

Releasing my Black Lives Matter visual album December 2020.

Who are your biggest creative inspirations?

Pharrell, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino/Donald Glover, Anderson .Paak, Little Dragon, Kendrick Lamar, Robert Glasper, Kanye West, Smino, Radiant Children, Musiq Soulchild, Ne-Yo.

If money wasn’t an option I’d be…

Traveling the world collaborating with artists across all disciplines (especially music, visual arts, and film).

In 5 years I will be…

Internationally touring as a music artist while also acting/writing in Hollywood. I will also be a business owner.

Something everyone should know about me is…

I create because it is my calling. I am Black and proud. I believe in God.

If I could give one piece advice to my fellow creators it would be…

Create vulnerably as if it were the last day of your life. Let the essence of you shine through.

Recent and upcoming projects:

BLCK my Black Lives Matter visual album.

Click here to apply to be SHIFTER’s Artist of the Month.


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