Kalaha is a quartet consisting of four Danish heavyweights: Emil de Waal (drums) the afrobeat loving guitarist Niclas Knudsen (Ibrahim Electric, John Tchicai) and the two electronic musicians Rumpistol and Spejderrobot.
The band is now ready with their first studio album "Masala" which is also the third and final part of the band's 2016 trilogy.
The first part of the trilogy "Quarquaba" was nominated for a Danish Music Award in the World Music Composer category. The trilogy's second part was called "Wahwahwah" and in the third and final part "Masala” we get the whole trilogy combined plus a little extra.
The title "Masala" comes from the fiery Indian spice blend: precisely because Kalaha is the very epitome of a strong mix; distinctive electronic sound design and stellar instrumentalism are effectively mixed together, just like the 4 musicians' western backgrounds are mixed with the input of other continents.
On "Masala" the band has been particularly inspired by traditional music from both Africa and China, and retro-futuristic movements within electronic music and jazz.
With over 25 concerts in 2016 alone, Kalaha has developed into an exceptional live band and has reached as far abroad as Belgium, Poland, Finland, China and Korea. The amount of shows has stimulated the band's sound which has become more aggressive, and with their highly danceable material they've also captivated a younger and more club-oriented audience.
However, jazz listeners and world music enthusiasts have plenty to look forward to when Kalaha sets sail for distant climates and packs the suitcase with everything from Nigerian funk (Tippi Tabu), Ethio-jazz (Aloo Gobi) to Chinese New Age (Hutong) along the way.
Kalaha's music is a constantly changing mix of quirky ideas, solid grooves and precision that never loses its nerve, audacity or flavour.
If you like unpredictable music, look no further!
QUOTES ABOUT MASALA:
"Brilliant Album. Very tropical again! You can hear that African lo-fi influence on the whole album" - Gilles Peterson / BBC 6 Music / Worldwide FM.
"A dance hall in outer space" - Tine Paulsen Christensen / Jazz Special (DK)
"I loved "Masala" and have played it a bunch on my show" - Mathieu Schreyer / KRCW Los Angeles (US).
"There’s that something about Kalaha’s music that makes me keep coming back to play it, listen to Masala just once & you’ll see what I mean." - Kerem Gokmen / Dubmission, 91.3 WYEP (US).
"Great album! The Masala album brings together a wide tapestry of colours that will fill the palette of choice sound selectors. Big on cultural essence & bass rhythms." - Jay Scarlett / Sound Supreme, PULS Radio (DE).
"Kalaha never chose the easy solutions. With humor and understanding the four inventive musicians put their tracks on fire. () ...Kalaha is marvelous and great energy." - Niels Overgård / Jazznyt.com
"Absolutely mad album" - Pouledor (DE)
Also supported by Jon Oliver / The Main Ingredient, East Village Radio (US), James Barrie / Audiotexture (ES/UK), DR P8 Jazz (DK), Lukasz Napora / Zaraz Sie Wyda, Radio 4 (PL), Josef Sedlon / Radio 1 - 91,9 FM (CZ), Pedro Portela / O Domínio Dos Deuses (PT), Glyn Phillips / WorldBeatUK, BrumRadio (UK), Spin The Globe / KAOS 89.3 FM, Washington (US),