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MOLOTOV COCKTAIL PARTY [dj set / live act]

Elektro-Etno-Ragga-Rap-Punk’n’Bass-Step ;)

Rafał 'Praczas' Kołaciński (composition, synths, drum machines, leadership)
Marcin 'Duże Pe' Matuszewski (MC'ing, vocals, lyrics)
Bartłomiej 'Bart' Pałyga (throat singing, sarangi, kemanche, electric saz, jew harp)
Daniel 'Danielsen' Moński (throat singing, darabuka, tabla, dhol) / Mikołaj 'Miki' Wielecki (cajon, timbal, pandeiro, caxixi, etc.)
Menada Dance Collective (live oriental dance performance)
Janoo (live video performance)


In late 2002 famous Polish journalist, writer & traveler Max Cegielski gathered a group of friends to form an ‘oriental’ DJ collective named Masala Soundsystem (Masala = mixture). Their main idea in terms of music was to present a thrilling selection of folk-soaked party tracks from various parts of the world, totally omitted by the ‘mainstream’ media. Their main idea in terms of philosophy was to show that cultural differences between nations and races don't have to be a source of conflicts - they can form basis for a fascinating musical dialogue led in the area of music and common joy instead. And guess what? It worked! :)

In the following years, numerous DJ’s, instrumentalists, vocalists, MC’s, VJ's and dancers from various parts of Polish and international musical scene came across the ranks of Masala. Apart from being a sound system, the collective has become a regular band, releasing 3 LP’s and 3 EP’s full of original, eclectic music. Since its beginning, Masala also received heavy praise from the fans for putting lots of heart into their energetic live performances. As a result, since 2003 the collective played well over 500 parties and concerts, including gigs at the largest and most prestigious Polish festivals (Heineken Open'er, Przystanek Woodstock, etc.) and well-received foreign gigs in Cross Club (Prague, Czech Republic), Colours of Ostrava Festival (Ostrava, Czech Republic), Multi Kulti Festival (Berlin, Germany), Fusion Festival (Dorf-Mecklemburg, Germany), A38 (Budapest, Hungary), KUD France Preseren (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Palace Akropolis (Prague, Czech Republic) and more...

Masala records had an impressive impact both on national and international media. It's hit single 'Od Tarnobrzegu Po Bangladesz' released in 2004 was played on heavy rotation in numerous musical televisions and radios around Poland. Similarly, the single tracks released in following years always caught media attention. The band also played two live concerts in Polish Radio Channel Three ('Trójka'), which is one of the most popular radio stations in Poland. Out of Poland, Masala tracks were played Multi-Kulti Radio based in Berlin and by legendary radio DJ's of BBC Asia and BBC1 - Bobby Friction & DJ Nihal. Bobby Friction made an interview with the members of Masala in BBC Asia after the release of 'Cały Ten Świat' album in 2008. 'As One (Tom Encore Remix)' od 'Inny Świat' remix album was a power play of DJ Nihal's BBC1 show in early 2011. It was also included in one of the podcasts mixed by legendary Glasgow-based punjabi collective Tigerstyle.

How can Masala’s sound can be described shortly? It’s a clash of traditional, oriental string instruments with the modern sounds of turntablism and synths. A confrontation of the oriental drums like darabuka or dhol with drum synths or beatbox. A meeting of throat singing from Tuva with contemporary conscious urban poetry rhymed or sung by an MC. Masala gathers masters of various musical genres and techniques, who seemed very unlikely to come together. However the final result proves that they are more than able to co-operate in a perfect harmony to create something extraordinary. There is no other band bringing such an insane plan into life. From dub melancholy to the crazy energy of electro, dancehall, breakbeat and drum’n’bass, from East to West, from the past to the future, from Tarnobrzeg to Bangladesh. Total Masala!


I. REGULAR CONCERTS (tagged 'Masala Soundsystem')

That's the most common form, in which ‘the basic' lineup of [at least] four Masala Soundsystem musicians (including an MC) plays an up-to-two-hours energetic show based on the material taken from all the releases of the group. The line-up of Masala concert may also include oriental dancers and video performers.

II. DJ SETS / LIVE ACTS (tagged 'Masala presents: Molotov Cocktail Party)

That's the 'primal' form of Masala Soundsystem activity, in which ‘the root’ lineup of [at least] two Masala musicians (DJ/MC and an instrumentalist) play a party with folk-soaked music from around the world, including Masala tunes performed live. The line-up of Molotov Cocktail Party may also include oriental dancers and video performers.

It's also possible to combine the two forms described above!


- Six critically acclaimed releases so far:

Masala presents: Like Orient Soundsystem [EP] (2003)
'Masala' [LP] (2004)
'Across the Wilderness' [EP] (2005)
'Citizens of the 4th World' [EP] (2007)
'All That World' [LP] (2008)
'Another World (Remix Album) [LP] (2011)

- A title of 'Anti Fascist of the Year 2004' given to Masala Soundsystem for its general activity by Polish anti-fascist and anti-racist organization 'Never Again'

- Over 500 parties and concerts played as Masala and Molotov Cocktail Party around Poland and abroad since the foundation of the collective in late 2002, including taking a part in significant and crowd gathering events like:

"Era Nowe Horyzonty" Film Festival / Cieszyn & Wrocław [POL] / 2005 & 2008
"Krotoszyn Folk Fest" / Krotoszyn [POL] / 2005 & 2008
Canal+ Poland 5th Birthday Party / Warsaw [POL] / 2005
"Terra Polska Festival" / Berlin [GER] / 2006
"Multi Kulti Festival" / Berlin [GER] / 2006
New Year Party / Cracow [POL] / 2006
Festival "Miasto Warszawa" / Budapest [HUN] / 2007
"Fusion Festival" / Dorf-Mecklemburg [GER] / 2007
"Heineken Open'er Festival" / Gdańsk [POL] / 2006 & 2008
"Colours of Ostrava" / Ostrava [SVK] / 2007
"XIII Przystanek Woodstock" / Kostrzyn n. Odrą [POL] / 2007
"One Love Festival" / Wrocław [POL] / 2007 & 2008
Festival "Wrocław Non Stop" / Wrocław [POL] / 2007
New Year Party / Gdańsk [POL] / 2007
XII International Science Festival / Warsaw [POL] / 2008
Concert @ Cross Club / Prague [CZE] / 2009
"Policka Fest" / Policka [CZE] / 2009
Concert in Supamolly / Berlin [GER] / 2009
Slot Art Festival / Lubiąż [POL] / 2009
Reggaeland Festival / Płock [POL] / 2009
Festival "Reggae Nad Wartą" / Gorzów Wlkp. [POL] / 2009
Festival "Re:Wizje 2009" / Warsaw [POL] / 2009
"Cracow Reggae Festival" / Kraków [POL] / 2010
Planette Doc Review Opening Party / Warsaw [POL] / 2010
Festival "ARTenalia / Poznań [POL] / 2010
"Festival La Strada" / Kalisz [POL] / 2010
Festival "Polen Markt" / Griefswald [GER] / 2010
Festival "Fascism Won't Walk Through" / Warsaw [POL] / 2010

- hit the tab MASALA SOUNDSYSTEM or MASALA SOUNDSYSTEM [Promo in English] for concert form
- hit the tab MOLOTOV COCKTAIL PARTY or MOLOTOV COCKTAIL PARTY [Promo in English] for dj set / live act form

Masala Soundsystem   Masala Soundsystem, Warsaw, Poland

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