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    Who Is Makaya McCraven? Watch The Drummer Create a New Sound

    The Chicago drummer explains beats and life to DJ and FM videographer Anthony Valadez

    FM’s Anthony Valadez and his camera follows multi-genre percussionist Makaya McCraven create a unique new beat, and a whole lot more, in this clip for FM’s Collective. Watch McCraven dive into his philosophy of music and life in the video player above.

    Who is Makaya McCraven? The Paris-born drummer/producer, who released his album In The Moment earlier this year, was born to be a musician. The son of  drummer Stephen McCraven and folk singer Agnes Zsigmondi, he lives for rhythm. 

    “My father put drumsticks in my hand when I was about four or five years old,” the Chicago resident explains. “Rhythm is the pulse of life… The drum is powerful, you can speak with a drum.”

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