New EP launched by Madu at Sean Agus Nua Ethnic Sessions this Thursday in Aras na nGael

This key Dublin-based band fronted by Irish/Malaysian brother and sister team – dub and beats controller Salim and vocalist Aminah – play an infectious combination of sounds which steer away from typical dub soul or reggae sounds to create a psychedelic roots music imbued with mystery and nostalgia. Their music is a combination of influences driven by heavy bass rhythms, vibrant melody and conscious lyrics.

Songs written individually or as a collaborative process by the music driven siblings brings diversity to their thought provoking tunes. Salim’s years as an experienced producer with his strong affinity for reggae music and skills as an electronic composer are the basis on which he builds the unique Madu sound. His productions intertwine with Aminah’s soulful melodies, her experience over years of singing jazz, blues, folk and roots music, combine to create a dynamic sound. Think King Tubby meets Billy Holiday.

From opening to closing track, Madu connect well with audiences through their positive, uplifting performance. Having played in Ireland, the UK and Malaysia from big festivals to small intimate venues, their sound is catching on, a style which has been formed by years of playing, writing, producing and being influenced by much travel, absorbing the unique sounds and cultures of Asia, the Pacific and Europe. Through their nomadic journeys and collaborations with artists such as Mexican duo Rodrigo and Gabriela, New Zeeland’s Jetlag Johnson of Fat Freddy’s Drop, Asia’s drum icon Lewis Pragassam and many more have they arrived at the unique Madu sound.

Only eight months since the release of their album ‘From the Elders Yard’, Salim and Aminah have been busy growing some fresh sounds, profiling previously unexplored soul and bass heavy spaces. Theinew EP, ‘Rocksteady’, brings Madu a step forward down the New Roots trajectory. Salim (Mr Upfull) takes us through soulful, rootsy soundscapes and dub-heavy spaces weaving new harmonic and percussive departures into the Madu flavour.

Aminah’s lyrics populate all the tracks with her poetic earthy imagery, her voice ever representative of the siblings combined sound. She delivers a dosage of lyrical and vocal power in this EP.

 Contact: Brian MacNamara.  Mobile: 086 8445253. Email:


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