Music, Hot Sauce and a Mission… Make America Hot!
Makenka started when three friends, Chuas, Leonel Smith and Edmund Archibold, were booked to play in a resort called Nitro City during the summer of 2013… The response from the audience was immediate, people dancing, partying and singing… this made the manager of the resort to asked them to play for 10 consecutive shows… this ended up being 20 shows in total. Their lyrics, rhythms, and how they blend them made them get a spot in the multicultural and diverse Panama City scene.
In 2015 Makenka released their first studio album, “Caribe Picante”. A total of 12 tracks and 6 video-clips were produced for this project. The album includes a tribute version of the song “El Solitario” from the Panamanian composer Dorindo Cardenas. The album contains cumbia, reggae, reggae dance hall, electronic samples and sounds… The first single “Si Hay Amor…” was released with the video and made the band received hundreds of followers from Panama, Colombia, Peru, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, North and Central America.
The Hot Sauce Band… in 2016 Makenka participated in the contest “Hard Rock Rising” organized by Hard Rock Cafe. During the contest a business idea came to the table… since Makenka makes spicy lyrics, using a tropical blend with rock & roll, what better way to promote the band with its own brand of Hot Sauces. The Makenka Hot Sauce was born and presented to the public during the contest. The audience went crazy… Everyone wanted their hot sauce, to the point of fighting for it…
During 2017 Makenka moved to Texas to produce the Makenka Hot Sauce. From the website www.makenka.com anyone can purchase their hot sauces. Now the band had a new mission: Make America Hot!
In the year 2020 Makenka released their second studio album… Make América Hot and also started promoting their music with a musical Food Truck… The Makenka Hot Truck.
Now, Makenka has ready their new English version album… Lost in the Sauce. It comes full of new experiences of dealing with costumers who have inspired new songs, new lyrics and a complete new musical approach. Now adding the original spicy that makes Makenka, the spiciest band in the Galaxy.
In 2023 Makenka also released the album: A Perrear Malditos.