The devil-may-care globalists are back with a boundary-shattering party album.
When Kalaha embark on their musical journey, the sounds crackle, bubble and crunch, so no one really knows if it’s Malinese desert rock played by nomadic tribes of Denmark’s migrating dune Råbjerg Mile, world music from your older brother’s old Amiga or an Iranian wedding party, celebrating a marriage between Daft Punk and Chick Corea – with Ali Farka Touré as the Master of Ceremonies.
In recent years Kalaha have put themselves in the pole position when it comes to total genre boundary demolition, and the group mercilessly merge their personal artistic expression with musical impressions from around the globe. The listener is catapulted through fiercely kaleidoscopic party music; at one moment grooving at an electronic street party and throwing themselves into a euphoric tribal dance the next.
And in the middle of all this partying one senses a pensive approach to the sound of a globalized world. There’s no doubt that Kalaha’s music is the kind that shouts you in the face, commanding you to loosen your tie and join the dance, but when you listen carefully, there’s also a quiet whisper in there, asking you to think of the world as a playground, and you’re invited to join Kalaha in their musical jungle gym.
The view from the top offers a veritable firework display of sound, playfulness and philanthropic electro-ethno-jazz.
The Kalaha crew are seasoned musicians that have covered a lot of ground in Denmark’s musical landscape:
Emil de Waal (drums, electronics)
Niclas Knudsen (guitar, talk box)
Jens Berents ‘Rumpistol’ Christiansen (keyboards, electronics)
Mikael ‘Spejderrobot’ Elkjær (computer, electronics)
The album "Mandala" gives you the sound of Kalaha as we’ve previously heard it on their two preceding albums - the live album “Hahaha” and the Danish Music Award-winning “Masala” – and from the many concerts the band has played all over the world since their debut at the Strøm Festival in 2013, but with the added dimension that Kalaha have invited the whole world in during the recording of “Mandala”. Not just because of the eclectic mix of genres and global inspiration, but also in a literal sense. The album is teeming with guest vocalists and musicians, who, along with the group themselves, raise the roof on the party even further.
Among the guests on the album are Mamadou Sene from Senegal, Music Group NaMu from Korea and Danish-Turkish musicians Orhan Özgür Turan and Hilal Kaya. All the guests help nuance and spice up Kalaha’s sound universe which is already a broad mix of styles and sounds.
released April 26, 2019
All titles composed, arranged and produced by Kalaha, except:
Dragon Jenny (SidiRum Remix) produced by Nico Bruschi.
Mama Ngoma (Bluetech Remix) produced by Evan Bartholomew.
Lyrics for Mama Mandala by Mamadou Sene and for Çok Küstüm by Orhan Özgür Turan.
Mixed by Spejderrobot except Malaika, Dragon Jenny & Cape Star by Spejderrobot and Rumpistol.
Mastered by Antony Ryan - RedRedPaw Mastering.
LP/cover-layout by Zven Balslev.
Jens “Rumpistol” Berents Christiansen: keyboards, programming and electronics
Niclas Knudsen: guitars and talkbox
Mikael “Spejderrobot” Elkjær: programming and electronics
Emil de Waal: drums, percussion, flute, programming and electronics
Mama Mandala - Mamadou Sene: vocals
Dakke - Music Group NaMu: janggu, jing and vocals
I Want to Sing - Mikkel Riber: bass and unidentified guy from Shenzhen: vocals
Dragon Jenny - Flemming Muus: fretless bass
Çok Küstüm - Orhan Özgür Turan: saz and vocals and Hilal Kaya: vocals
Wubitt and Malaika - Louis Winding Børresen: bass
This album was made possible with financial support from DJBFA – Composer and Songwriters’ Production Pool and Koda’s Cultural Funds, Danish Conductors Association, The Danish Arts Foundation and Danish Artists Union.
Rump Recordings was founded by Jens Berents Christiansen in Copenhagen in 2003 with an aim to release uncompromising
electronic and electro-acoustic music. The label does not attempt to focus solely on one genre but prefers to zoom in on the un-categorizable fields that emerge when artists start to experiment and push the existing boundaries of music....more
alternate atmospheres for travelers -- one of my favorite releases of 2019, I consider this a masterpiece of soundscapes, groovy journeys, emotive compositions, intriguing experiments. full of flow and exquisite taste in what to put in the music, and what to leave out. sounds effortless. truly genius musical manifestation! moontroll
Alchemy - at least, of the aural variety - appears to be alive and well, as shown by this music. This magical exhibit of the sonic shaman's craft will transmute your prima materia into a coruscating lapis philosophorum. The colorful cover art helps visualize the transformation. JLP