Singer Songwriter Producer / Happiness Champion / West Of England China Bureau Culture Ambassador
Makala Cheung is a music artist from Knowle West, Bristol, UK. Makala writes and produces Electronic Urban Pop with a Chinese twist. She’s released 3 albums; debut River (Bristol Live Magazine’s album of the month, Chinese New Year 2014), and follow ups Moon and Empress launched at her own ‘far east meets west’ Mini Moon Festival (2015+17).
Her singles have featured on stations across the globe, and her radio play to date includes BBC 1Xtra and BBC Introducing in the West: “One ofour favourite maidens of the music scene,” Sam Bonham, BBC Introducing in the West. Makala has performed many headline and main stage slots including headlining the main stage at world famousBristol International Balloon Fiesta, with her live electronic band. Previous performances include Upfest, Shambala, Dot to Dot, Redfest, Brisfest, St Paul’s Carnival, Keynsham Festival and Bristol Harbourside Festival.
Cheung’s solo artist endeavour began in 2012, following a few years in a duo and featuring on local Hip-Hop and Grime tracks, before going on to learn to play keys and produce in the studio. Makala’s influences include; M.I.A, Aaliyah, The Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child, Banks, FKA Twigs, Lauryn Hill, Dizzee Rascal and Katy B. Referred to as reminiscent of Kate Bush, Madonna and ‘like a Chinese Lady Gaga’, Makala is also a Bristol Woman cover girl, one of Bristol’s Happiness Champions and a Culture Ambassador (West of England China Bureau).
“Amazing voice…diverse songwriting talents. Confirming that at least one modern-day musician is dedicated tocreating genuine art.” Robbie Tee, Jamsphere
“One of the most talented up and coming artists in Britain.” Steve Yabsley, BBC Radio Bristol
“A sliver of trip-hop, drum n bass, classical Chinese instrumentals, RnB, pop, electro … fused by Cheung’s emotive vocals and just a slice of attitude. Full of ambition and self-assuredness.” Tom Osborne, The Flux
“She combines both traditional and electronic sounds to create some quite distinctive pop…Makala always makes sure her unique attitude shines through.” Loki Lillistone, Editor, Bristol Live Magazine
“Oriental and western music skilfully blended together. A powerful voice. Provocative, stunning.” yinyuetai.com
“Something special is happening here…If it’s raw talent or something different you’re after, let me assure you are in the right place!” DWF Media.
“A breath of fresh air…with a set that was entertaining, very professional and which captivated a large audience, to many of whom this would have been an unusual and very different experience.” Ric Davison, Festival Organiser
Photo credit: Marcus Way