WAMA Presents 27th Annual Wammies Awards
The Washington Area Music Association has announced the nominees for the 27th Annual Wammies Awards, to be held on Sunday February 17th at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA. Included on the list are a total of 12 nominations for Fort Knox Recordings artists, musicians and crew. We are honored to have such a strong presence. Only members can vote, so join today and cast your ballot!!!
See the full WAMMIES Ballot and vote on it here: http://wamadc.com/wama/wammies/wambal27.html
Fort Knox Recordings & DC Brau present
THE FUNK 4 PEACE BALL
Sunday January 20th, 2013
Celebrating both MLK Jr. Day & the Second Inauguration of Barack Obama!!! Monday is a holiday, extended bar hours and no work the next day.
featuring dj sets by:
Tickets on sale now, get yours today:
RSVP & Invite your friends on Facebook:
18 & up
10pm – 4am
U Street Music Hall
1115 U St NW
Fort Knox Recordings and DC Brau proudly present the “Funk 4 Peace Ball”. To celebrate the Inauguration, we are proud to present DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic Five, who has just released his solo album “Broken Sunlight”. Four years ago we paid homage to the Hip-Hop Generation with Afrika Bambaataa, and this time around we give our respects to DJ Culture. In addition to DJ Nu-Mark, there will be exciting DJ sets from Fort Knox artists Fort Knox Five, All Good Funk Alliance, Empresarios, Nappy Riddem and QDup Foundation. Once again, its time to Funk 4 Peace!!
1. Desde lo Mas Profundo
2. Salsa de Gala
3. Quinto Nivel
5. Rompan Fila
6. 7th Street Groove
11. Maria Juana
12. El Sonido Mágico
13. Rey de Reyes
Washington, DC’s kings of Tropicaliente, the Empresarios, have found the Magic Sound! For their second album, Javier Miranda and his band of dance floor sorcerers have melted together Salsa, Dub, Cumbia, House and Reggae into 13 mind-bending, genre-busting pieces of wizardry and dubbed it “El Sonido Mágico.”
In the year and a half since their debut smash “Sabor Tropical,” the Empresarios have been busy. Hitting the road with their full band, dominating the floor from the DJ booth and getting deep in the studio refining their sound on remixes and EPs. And all their hard work shows on this new release! “Salsa de Gala” and “7th Street Groove” bring some hometown flavor to the mix with updates on the classic Downtempo vibe and the bucket drum rhythm respectively. “Volume” is a floor-burning dose of Latin disco house to be chased with “Rompan Fila,” a tequilla-soaked Latin Reggae rid- dim that’s just relentless. “Quinto Nivel” takes the record to the next level with an Eastern Electro Cumbia fusion, and “Rey de Reyes” finishes the album with grand flair inna Dub style.
With hints of Kingston, San Juan and New York heard throughout, the elements are familiar yet the end result is a one-of-a- kind “Tropicaliente” sound. Each member brings his own background and influence to bear, with singers Frankie Rosado and Felix Perez figuring prominently on numerous vocal scorchers. Adding even more flavor are plenty of horns, melodica and percussion throughout. The 13 tracks on “El Sondo Mágico” represent the Empresarios continued exploration into the sounds of the tropics with an ear to the past and an eye on the future.
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The kings of Washington, DC’s Tropicaliente sound, Empresarios, have been busy in the studio and are back with a summer scorcher! The Volume EP features four brand new tracks with instrumental
versions. As the Empresarios prepare to drop their second studio
album, they continue to expand their sound, cross-pollinating
multiple musical genres while embracing the warm, sunny vibes of Caribbean culture.
The EP starts off with a spectacular collaboration between the
Empresarios and Australian producer Omegaman. The result of this production powerhouse is “Para Mis Amigos,” a world-class Latin Funk tune, heavy on the horns, breakbeats and signature congas of bandleader Javier Miranda. This tune is destined to become the soundtrack to any summer celebration. Then the Empresarios put their ear to the dance floor to create “Volume,” a Latin House anthem that brims with sultry lyrics, live instrumentation and driving beats. Turn it up and let this infectious party-starter get into your head!
Getting deep, the vocals of Felix Perez and Frankie Rosado
command the laid back, head-nodding Reggae groove of “Rompan Fila.” And closing out the release is a modern downtempo classic called “Estereolismo’ the perfect song to wind down the party with funky horns, layers of guitar work and soothing percussion. Also
included in the pack are instrumentals.
With sounds ranging from Latin Funk to House, Dub, Reggae and Downtempo, this EP is sure to please music lovers, DJs and fans alike. In just a few short years the Empresarios have established themselves as an impressive force on the tropical music scene.
Fort Knox Five is giving away an exclusive DC’s Finest Remint of “Mama Told Me”, Fort Knox Five vs Three Dog Night. To download this song simply click on “Get It Now” below, enter your email address and a download link will be emailed to you: