Masala Soundsystem is a musical entity from Warsaw (Poland) with 15 years of musical activity and 10 released albums under its belt. It combines traditional instruments (hurdy-gurdy, jew-harp, sarangi, saz...) and vocal techniques (throat singing) from various parts of the world, with modern drum loops, deep bass and socially conscious street poetry - serving it all with significant pinch of punk energy.
In 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 was to present a thrilling selection of folk-soaked party tracks from various parts of the world, totally omitted by the ‘mainstream’ media and 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.
Crazy and breaking beats, insane energy of electro music and drums, dynamic growing of cultural variety from East to West, from the ancient times and contemporary madness. This all are even not enough to describe the affluence of emotions from Masala’s music. Masala is a conjunction of old traditions in new ways where music perfectly harmonize and combine into fascinating new form.
Masalas has enormous impact on national and international media . The tracks always caught media attention and were very often played on televisions and radios around Poland and beyond.The band played well over 1000 parties and significant concerts since 2003, participated in the largest and most prestigious Polish and world famous festivals (Heineken Open'er, Przystanek Woodstock, Multi Kulti Festival – Germany, Cross Club - Czech Republic, A38 - Hungary, etc). 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)' of 'Inny Świat' remix album was a power play of DJ Nihal's BBC1 show in early 2011. Polish Anti-Fascist Of The Year 2004 award taker.
On the stage of Transkaukazja 2017 Masala Soundsystem will perform with Natig Rhythm Group! Don't miss it!