Dublin, County Dublin
Mekkan Ju play the songs of frontman and founder Justin McCann. In 2015 Justin's song "City Out There" secured him a slot at Vantastival, and he quickly got a band together to play a 40-minute set.
Since then the band has gone from strength to strength, playing venues from the Harbour Bar to the Purty Kitchen. Last year a two-and-a-half-hour performance at Tivoli Backstage (now Stage 19) was recorded and filmed by Loring Films. The results were turned into both a live album and a concert movie, both called Live at Tivoli Backstage.
The album's available on CD, and it can also be streamed on Soundcloud or streamed/downloaded at Bandcamp (https://mekkanju.bandcamp.com/).
The film's available in DVD form or as a 1080p download (http://www.loringfilms.com/concert-dvd/). Alternatively you can watch it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yThz46wzWls&list=PLfYY0fU2qq7KhD1wGm8SUTXtMyQ2PgA6y&t=1506s&index=7
Mekkan Ju has no one sound - Justin's Beatles obsession being what it is, diversity is a big thing with us. Funk and various African grooves pervade a lot of the songs, and we like to spice things up with congas, djembes and claves whenever humanly possible. The other thing that sets the band apart is its emphasis on the pounding and crashing of the piano. It's an ever-felt presence on even the band's heaviest tracks.
Influences include folk rock, blues, pop, dance, hard rock, hardcore punk, gospel, reggae, classical music, choral music, soukous and Afrobeat. No sense in limiting yourself, is there?