Queen Makedah’s music inspires compassion and knowledge that can lead to a more unified world.”

— Sista Irie, 'The Conscious Party,' 88.7 FM KAZI - Austin, Texas


Jazz, R&B, Gospel influences

Makedah was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, in a humble part of town near the 18th and Vine historic jazz district.  This area was famous for its barbeque, jazz and blues music, frequented by such greats as Duke Ellington and home of famous saxophonist Charlie Parker and the legendary Count Basie and Lester Brown.  

Her vocal influences range from the jazzy vocals of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn, to the sweet gospel harmonies of Wanda Hutchinson & The Emotions and the sultry R&B of Phyllis Hyman, Cheryl Lynn and Roberta Flack.  Following the lead of such vocal trailblazers, the talented young songstress won a host of local talent shows and a recording contract with Intrepid Records by age 16. 

As a youth during the turbulent 70’s in America, Queen Makedah’s passion for reggae music was kindled through her mother, a veteran of the Black Panther Party, who introduced her to the truth and rights message and revolutionary sound of the legendary Bob Marley and The Wailers, backed by the soulful harmonies of the I-Three’s reggae queens Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley. 

After her college years, Makedah learned of her heritage as a descendant of the Black Jews of Nigeria, which led her to embrace Judaism, Torah and eventually make aliyah to Israel, where she resides with her husband and children.  

Makedah brings all of these influences to her vocal style and music today.

Live Performances

Stellar reviews!

Since touring the U.S., Queen Makedah has shared the stage with reggae greats like Don Carlos, Sister Carol, the Twinkle Brothers, The Rastafarians, Winston Jarrett, Rootz Underground, Bambu Station and Groundation at some of the most celebrated world music festivals in the world, including the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (SNWMF), the Northwest World Reggae Festival (NWWRF) and Monterey Bay Reggae Fest (MBRF) to name a few, plus Groundation’s Marcus Garvey Tribute Celebration at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz - earning her high reviews:   

‘Queen Makedah thrills the crowd with charisma and vocal bravado,… infusing R&B, soul, and gospel into traditional reggae grooves,…spreading peace through voice.’  Andrew Creasey of Oregon Music News (Northwest World Reggae Festival)

Queen Makedah’s live performance was highlighted at the center of United Reggae Magazine’s review of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival:  

“Makedah and her impressive all-star band really embodied the spirit of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival; conscious music artists and projects representing influences from all corners of the globe, simmering together on a common ground and bubbling over with all-goodness.” Jessica Dore, United Reggae Magazine

Click EPK for more info on live shows.


    Notable performances include: 

    • Sierra Nevada World Music Festival - SNWMF (Booneville, CA) 
    • Northwest World Music Festival - NWWRF (Eugene, OR) 
    • Monterey Bay Music Festival - MBRF (Monterey Bay, CA) 
    • WORLD ONE Music Festival (El Cerrito, CA) 
    • BAY AREA VIBES FESTIVAL (San Francisco) 
    • WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATION (San Francisco) 


    About the Music

    Makedah’s talent as a songwriter began to bud in Israel, out of which her freshman album ‘The Awakening' arose, co-produced by veteran nyabinghi specialist Ras Michael (a contemporary of Bob Marley)  and the Sons of Negus.  

    She co-produced a sophomore album ‘Spiritual Healing,’  from which her Youtube hit video ‘Yah Yireh’ emerged, an EP entitled ‘Bless Africa’ released during the crisis in the Congo, and now her 3rd album ‘Peace Process,’ in response to the plague of gun violence in America.  

    Her video single ‘Clean Hands (Psalms 24)’ - filmed in Israel and directed by award winning videographer Noam Chojnowski - along with other singles like 'Holy Mount Zion' and "Lay Down your Guns' from the Peace Process album, are getting positive reviews and airplay internationally.  See the Press page for reviews, press and links to music.

    Women for Peace Tour

    Empress Meditations

    Through her non-profit, Empress Meditations, Queen Makedah worked with othemale artists and organizations to bring recognition to women in reggae/world music, while raising donations and awaremess for charity.  The ‘Women for Peace’ tour visited Sebastapol, Nevada City, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Berkeley, Pacifica, Point Richmond’s Summer Concert Series and Oregon’s Northwest World Reggae Festival and collected in-kind goods and donations for A Safe Place - Oakland’s oldest shelter for victims of domestic violence.  

    Makedah also worked with other non-profit organizations such as the Worldbeat Center of San Diego (Earth Day, Marcus Garvey, Legends in Reggae festivals), Reggae Gyals of the Bay Area (International Women’s Day benefit concerts), Bread and Roses (musical prison outreach), A Woman’s Place (SF Women’s homeless shelter), Mothers of Murdered Children (SF), One Billion Rising festival of Monterey, CA (to stop violence against women) and Yisrael Family Farm of Sacramento (from Farm to Fork day) to do good works while spreading her healing and conscious music.”

    Now Booking!

    2024 Tour Dates

    Queen Makedah and her dynamic Sheba Warriors band would be the perfect addition to your show, festival or event and are now booking for festivals, concerts and venues both nationally and internationally!!!  See the EPK for more info.


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