Macamu is a group of musicians who specialise in music for children. Playing lots of different instruments and spanning many musical styles, they sing original songs about everything from sneezing to magical toys who dance the tango!
Macamu explore and introduce children to a range of musical styles including folk, tango, classical, klezmer and Cuban percussion in a fun and accessible way.
Macamu often performs with puppets made and devised by puppeteer, Emma Boor of Wild Boor Ideas.
What We Do
Macamu perform interactive music shows or music and puppetry shows and lead music workshops for children and their families. They have performed and led workshops in a variety of settings including The Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Jacqueline Du Pre Building, Oxford; Bath Fringe Festival; Windmill Primary School and Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. They also enjoying playing at Wood Festival, Starry Skies and performed at Camp Bestival on their Big Top stage in Summer 2014.
Macamu’s original 13-track album, Macamu, The Magic Music Band, comes with a bright colourful poster and can be ordered here. here.
What people say about Macamu
“Macamu is magic dust”
“The album has been a life changer for my son”
“Gentle, unique and enchanting”
Euton Daley OBE
“I took my son three times to see Macamu. It’s superb music theatre for kids”
“The children loved the workshop – engaging and joining in with singing, dancing and moving to the music”
Melissa Sheard, Hippos Oxford
“Macamu have written a range of funny, engaging and intelligent songs. They cleverly use their multi-instrumental skills and intimate vocal style to build a set around music and actions that both younger toddlers and older children can interact with. The CD swings between catchy piano choruses and clever descriptive vocal songs, wacky ukulele pieces, singalong guitar strums, handclaps and jumps.”
Martin Andrews, Children’s Worker at Grandpont Children’s Centre
“Macamu’s songs offer exactly the kind of rich musical storytelling I would wish for all children”
Andrea Bird, Governor of Windmill Primary School
Who are Macamu?
Macamu are led by John Ruddock and Hannah Rhodes. Macamu are all professional performers who teach and lead music in the community.
Hannah Rhodes is a singer, pianist and composer and music teacher. She was composer and musical director for Pegasus Theatre’s Winnie the Witch and Wild Boor Ideas’ Cinderella Green, the Recycling Queen and Traction Man. She has toured internationally with the Royal Shakespeare Company and composed for their young people’s show, Writing on Your Feet. She composes for Out of the Ark Publishing and has composed songs for UNICEF Spain’s development education classroom materials. Hannah directs for Oxford Youth Choirs and for school choirs in Oxfordshire.
John Ruddock is a musician, songwriter and music leader with a background in primary education and therapeutic work with young people. He has performed at festivals, in pubs and on street corners as a solo musician and in various ensembles since his teens. His passion is for participatory music and as such he spends much of his time leading singing groups for children, working with charities aimed at increasing access to music such as Music Alive and playing in folk sessions.
Clarinet – Katie Stevens
Percussion – Lydia Glanville
Puppetry making and performance- Emma Boor
Artwork – Emma Conder
Photographs and video – Steve Roche – www.steverochephotography.com
Website – Nick Tingay
Music for Children
The benefits of introducing children to music from a young age are well known. Music encourages movement and dance, helping children develop motor skills. It promotes memory, literacy and learning and most importantly is great fun!