Camilo Rodriguez

OneBeat 2014 Fellow

Gaita Player, Guitarist

Queens, United States

Camilo Rodriguez is a Queens, New York-based guitarist and percussionist. Originally from Colombia, Camilo founded the genre-defying M.A.K.U. Soundsystem along with a group of Colombian expats. M.A.K.U Soundsystem has released two full-length albums and toured the U.S. with their signature blend of Caribbean grooves, psychedelic rock and traditional folk.Lyrically, the group addresses social issues facing Colombia and the diasporic experience in the United States. Outside of M.A.K.U., Camilo performs with the sublime latin dub group El Combo Chimbita and La Cumbiamba Eneye, an ensemble that plays traditional music from Colombia’s Atlantic Coast. “I play music because it’s a need. It’s a way to express to others my views of life and my experiences,” says Camilo. “Music is a space for honesty, a participative tool that unifies people and connects us with our spirituality.”