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Makeba’s catalogue of music includes the singles Lunchroom Classics, a duet with Talib Kweli from the compilation album Tags of the Time, Food For Thought with Lone Catalyst, Crazy Love, a European release with Nona Hendryx, and Fire, a posse cut with Royal Fam and Timbo King off of Wu Tang Records. In 2002, Makeba dropped her solo album, Bare Essentials, an independent release that sold over 7,000 copies on the streets, and quickly followed that up with the album Earth Power Balance and the Internet release Throw Back Classics.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Makeba started her own management company, Must Maintain Entertainment in 1994, and served as a consultant for various artists such as Common Sense, Talib Kweli, AZ, Channel Live, P Funk, and The Rose Family. Before founding Must Maintain Entertainment, Makeba ran Duke da Moon management, a joint venture with MC Lyte in 1993. She’s since lent her voice to television, doing voice-overs for an Italian Adidas commercial that featured artist Johnny Kemp and the late Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, and two Sugar Golden Crisps commercials. Makeba also recorded and performed the theme song for BET Comic View’s 10th anniversary show, and appeared on the PBS television series Between the Lions.

Makeba never resting is presently involved with a wide variety of personal ventures. Her new project with French Producer Buck Oner called Every Part Of me with the First Single "Here We Go Again" will be released in February 2015.

Whether it's LPs, EPs, verses, or beats, Makeba Mooncycle is poised to deliver what the people desire most - products that are trend-defining, engaging, and blazing hot. She resides in Brooklyn, New York City.
Why this name?
My teacher Mautayo Emmanuel Al Nature The Rosetta Stone gave me the attribute Makeba Beautiful Reflection. I was going by just Makeba when my brother and his friend gave me the Mooncycle and it became Makeba Mooncycle.
Do you play live?
I play with a live band when it is feasable. I am currently practicing base guitar.
Yes playing with a band gives you so much more freedom on stage. No limitations (that rocks) Every moment I am on stage is a special moment but one imparticular was. I was performing at this club called the Cooler in NYC for Grandma Funk and I had just had my son maybe a few months before and I was breast feeding. Well the club allowed me to bring him with me. I breast feeding him right before I went on stage and right after. He is my inspiration.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Yes it changed the music industry completly I feel like Robin Hood and not a slave. Prince describes it best you are a slave to the company now musicians have a choice. The power is in our hands.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes i would but onlywith limits. I would limit to one album deal with a clause on how they do and all rights would have to come back to me depending on how well they work for me.
Band History:
Hard Copy Ain't No Other MC Lyte Atlantic
Blue J Blur Out 12 in" Lin Que Ruffhouse Records
This Is It 12 in" Lin Que Ruffhouse Records
Desert Storm Remix Fat Beats and BraStraps Rhino Records
We Can't Be Touched Five Deadly Venom Mixtape Sunz of Man/Tony Touch Ray Rolls
Lunchroom Classics Tags of the Time 4.0 featuring Talib Kweli Mary Joy Recordings
Ahhh cassette single featuring Coins Friendly Fee Music
Judgement Day The Gibbous featuring Holy Smokes BUKA Entertainment
Food For Thought The Gibbous featuring J Sands BUKA Entertainment
High Plains Drifter The Gibbous BUKA Entertainment
Fire Fire/The Legacy 12" Royal Fam/Timbo King Wu Tang Records
BET Comic View 10th Anniversary Theme song Cash BET
Doin Ya Thang Saviors Day Sunz of Man Rivera Entertainment
Crazy Love N/A Nona Hendryx
Bare Essentials Street Album Release 7,000 sold on streets Makeba Mooncycle Records
Earth Power Street & Internet E.P. 3,000 sold in streets Amuru Records
Balance Street & Internet Album 1,500 on streets Makeba Mooncycle Inc.
Throw Back Classics Internet Release Various Artists Makeba Mooncycle Inc.
Your influences?
Gran Gran Evans, Samuel D. Wilder (pop pop), Estella H. Wilder, Ollie Levy, Justin Mobley, Samuel D. Wilder Jr., Jahaad Richardson, Nina Simone, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Nona Hendryx, Lenny Kravitz, U2, Rakim, KRS One, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Outcast, 4 non Blondes, Pink Floyd, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and the list can go on and on and on.
Favorite spot?
I Love NY and Dakar West Africa
I am so ready to travel I love to travel and I would like my son to see the world as well.
Equipment used:
Microphone and a Speaker and turntables.
The band
Anything else...?
FREEDOM OF LOVE LIFE AND EXPRESSION
There is no price you can put on that!
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