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Black Masala

by Black Masala

Black Masala's debut album features a mixture of sounds from infectious Gypsy/ Brass to New Orleans grooves to upbeat Ska and Klezmer. Wrapped around sultry vocals and thumping Tuba and Drums, this is your party album!!
Genre: World: Gypsy
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Feels the Same
4:17 $0.99
2. Knockin'
6:47 $0.99
3. One Last Drink
3:55 $0.99
4. Bhangra V
4:50 $0.99
5. Mesecina
5:13 $0.99
6. Round and Around
6:18 $0.99
7. Circus / Jeni Jol
7:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
 Washington, D.C.'s new rising star band is proud to announce its new record the self titled Black Masala. Pulsating Balkan Beats blend effortlessly with New Orleans style horns that merge into soulful take's on Gypsy Inspired Original Music. Before you know it there's a Tuba roaming the floor looking for dance partners, dancers on stage back bending to ska beats, while two other bandmates are up on tables and chairs calling the crowd into the party!

In the year and half since their inception, Black Masala has been busy hitting the road, bringing the sweaty dance party to the East Coast as well as playing frequently in the DC area. All of these great shows are the inspiration for this album, which captures the live sound and feel of their shows.

"Feels the Same" is a ska flavored horn rich upbeat song that leads into the soulful "Knockin" featuring the funky vocals of singer Kristen Long. The title track "One Last Drink" pops in next with pulsing Tuba and driving drums that sing of that one last drink that could carry you down. The vibe takes a little turn with "Bhangra V" seeing the band exploring one of their instrumental compositions inspired by their love of Indian Bhangra music. The musical chairs continue with Masala's unique take on the famous Gypsy tune "Mesecina" The horn players shine brightly and the track ends with that sort of POP! you'd expect from 300 people getting sweaty in a small club. The somewhat meditative "Round and Around" closes out the record with a dreamy commentary leading into a complete guitar arsenal to take the listener off into another time and place.
"Circus/ Jeni Jol' follows as a bonus track of yet another original instrumental composition showing the band's effortless fusion of Punk/ Gypsy/ and Balkan music.

The 7 track album represents Black Masala's coming out party to the world. Each member bring's his or her own influences to bear with vocal duties shared by Mike Ounallah and Kristen Long. The fiery horns are Matt Hotez, Kirsten Warfield, and Frank Mitchell Jr. of Thievery Corporation fame. The Tuba low end is none other but Monty Montgomery and the rest of the rhythm section is rounded out by Duff Davis on Guitar, Yannick LePage on Accordion, and Ounallah on Drums.

“Black Masala’s live sets get the adrenaline pumping and the crowd dancing ... aggressively” – Scott Shigeoka (Washington Post May 29th, 2013)

"Reflecting its members diverse musical backgrounds, the unholy love child that is Black Masala is at times equally raw, funky, and sensual as well as menacing and mournful.  Whether you get your kicks from tearing it up at the club or throwing it down in the pit, the band refuses to disappoint."

"Black Masala seems to be name rolling off of everyone’s tongue in the last year, and for a good reason: they deliver one of the most explosive performances you will see!"-- D.C Music Download

Mike Ounallah: Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Kristen Long: Vocals, Percussion
Duff Davis: Electric Guitar
Frank Mitchell, Jr.: Tenor Saxophone
Monty Montgomery: Tuba, Percussion, Vocals
Matt Hotez: Trombone
Kirsten Warfield: Trombone
Yannick LePage: Accordion



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