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The Funk Ark: Hey Mamajo

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That crazy funkadelic track Hey Mamajo propelled me through the high desert, past the ever-glowing Indian casino and up into the Sierras this past weekend, keeping me awake as I arrived in the small mountain community past midnight, just in time for a late Spring Break. The track was on repeat during the final climb and worked just as beautifully as a few cups of coffee in getting me around the last pitch black wind in the mountain road. Ever since that moment I’ve been taking in the sounds and wanted to showcase the track here, and post what Press Junkie has to say about them:

After a highly praised debut, Washington DC’s The Funk Ark is back with an even tighter follow up album. Less than a year has passed since the release of From The Rooftops on ESL Music and the world funk ensemble has established itself as one of the strongest players in the scene both in the studio and with their high-octane live performances. High Noon is the title of The Funk Ark’s sophomore release and was recorded and produced by Adrián Quesada of the Grammy award winning group, Grupo Fantasma.

“Funk seems simple, but it takes an almost spiritual dedication to the music to play it well,” says Rast, on keys for the group. “When we’re playing at our best, the music becomes greater than the sum of its parts. What we do requires each player to contribute a small, but integral, part of the whole; when we all lock into the groove, it becomes a sort of meditation.”

The new album released at the beginning of April.

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