February 10, 2014

Makala talks to “Around the World in 80 Tunes” show at Radio New Zealand National


Around the World in 80 Tunes

International adventurers and DJs Nick Dwyer and Barnie Duncan shake up the preconceptions of “World Music” by investigating existing sub genres and young producers the globe over.

No longer the domain of bearded professors waxing lyrical about pygmy drums, the rhythms and melodies of distant lands are finding their way more regularly into our dance floors and pop charts.

From Mongolia to Zambia and various points in between, Nick and Barnie adopt the roles of modern day musical versions of Phileas Fogg and Lemuel Gulliver to take us Around the World in 80 Tunes.


When people think of the gypsy music of Spain, it is of course flamenco that springs to mind. But something different happened in the proud region of Catalonia that boasts the jewel of Barcelona as its capital. Their music took on a new flavour, brought from across the seas. Barnie Duncan explores the exciting hybrid of rumba catalana.

When people think of the gypsy music of Spain, it is of course flamenco that springs to mind. But something different happened in the proud region of Catalonia that boasts the jewel of Barcelona as its capital. Their music took on a new flavour, brought from across the seas. Barnie Duncan explores the exciting hybrid of rumba catalana.

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Around the World in 80 Tunes – Catalan Rumba ( 25′ 33″ )

* For listening to Makala’s music productions & talking go to: 19′ 00″

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February 1, 2014

Global Funk Parties | Febrero 2014



2014/02/01 | 23:30
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2014/02/07 | 21:30
Le Bukowski & Global Funk presents:
Donostia-San Sebastián

2014/02/08 | 22:30
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January 20, 2014

Elkano Browning Cream “Bohemia” (Makala Remix) included on “Copperdollar, The Back Of Beyond” Album Compilation



Includes music from: Quantic, Renegades Of Jazz, The Colman Brothers, Al Lindrum, Omegaman, Solo Moderna, Palov, DJ Farrapo, Lemon, Kidboy, Frederik Bowling, Lucho Bermudez, Wara, Elkano Browning Cream, Benji Boko, Boy Com and more…

After a lot of planning ‘Copperdollar, The Back Of Beyond’ is finally here…. It’s a fantastic 15 track digipack CD and download compilation album put together in collaboration with long-time friends Copperdollar, the award-winning performance company.

Copperdollar are known for their cutting-edge and mixed-media immersive theatre productions inspired by Mexico’s Day Of The Dead and we’ve watched them grow over the years to become a justly popular and surreal fixture at numerous UK music festivals. They rightly won the audience-voted Favourite Event at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2012 and continue to attract a dedicated cult following from everyone lucky enough to have stumbled across their after-hours tent in the eponymous Back Of Beyond.

Difficult to describe, but impossible to forget.

The CD features some obscure but dance-ably infectious music from their live shows. It is compiled with care by their resident DJ, Marc Stylus. Much like the theatre company themselves, the music takes elements of traditional latin and hispanic music and places them firmly in a 21st century context. The overall effect is exotic but with a modern twist; The listener carried into a hypnotic world of transcendent beats, basslines and the irresistable vitality that, ironically, only a celebration of the afterlife could bring

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ABOUT COPPERDOLLAR: Originally commissioned by Glastonbury Festival (after playing a key role in creating the notorious Lost Vagueness which is where our paths first crossed), Copperdollar have since performed at Brighton Fringe, The National Theatre, Bestival, Boomtown and many more. The release of this compilation marks a new milestone in the history of the Company and showcases the unique musical heritage at the heart of their performances.

PIX : http://www.flickr.com/photos/114274625@N05/with/11929433904/
WEB : http://www.copperdollar.co.uk

Catch them live at Glastonbury later this year, or experience a special album launch taster event with MOVIMIENTOS at London’s Passing Clouds on 21st February 2014.


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January 16, 2014

Global Funk Parties | Enero 2014



2014/01/18 | 23:30
Global Funk presents:

2014/01/31 | 23:30
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Donostia-San Sebastián

2014/02/01 | 23:30
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December 2, 2013

Ongi Etorri Orrua Diskak | Bienvenido Orrua Diskak | Welcome Orrua Diskak

COVER-ORRUA-DISKAK-270X2702013 urteko abenduan, Orrua Diskak izeneko zigilu independiente txikia sortu berri da. Hona hemen behean disketxearen lehen bi erreferentziak, era berean interneteko ohiko plataforman kantuak erosteko esteka batzuk.

En diciembre del 2013, surge una nueva pequeña discográfica independiente llamada Orrua Diskak. He aquí las dos primeras referencias del sello, así como algunos enlaces para comprar las canciones en las plataformas habituales de internet.

On December 2013, starts a new adventure for an small independent record label called Orrua Diskak. Here further info about the first two label references, both currently available through all major digital retailers.



CAT Nº.: ORDK000
ARTIST: Makala
TITLE: Hondartzan
FORMAT: Album (Digital)
RELEASE DATE: 2nd of December 2013
GENRE: Reggae, Ska, Dub, Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Afro, Latin

8 urte igaro dira desagertutako Irungo Metak disketxeak plazaratu zuenetik, Mikel Unzurrunzaga “Makala” Zarauzko DJ eta musikariaren estudioko lehen lana, “Hondartzan” izeneko diska. Santander-eko A-Lone Muzik Studio-etan grabatua eta ekoiztua, Roberto Sánchez Reggae eta Dub maixu eta injenieriaren eskutik. Oraingoan “Hondartzan” berriz plazaratzen da, hori bai soilik formatu digitalean, Orrua Diskak zigiluaren eskutik.

8 años han pasado desde que la extinta discográfica con base en Irun Metak, publicase “Hondartzan, primer álbum de estudio del DJ y músico de Zarautz, Mikel Unzurrunzaga “Makala”. El disco fue grabado y producido en Santander, de la mano del experto en Reggae y Dub, el ingeniero de sonido Roberto Sánchez, en su A-Lone Muzik Studio. En esta ocasión “Hondartzan” se re-edita pero únicamente en formato digital, de la mano del sello Orrua Diskak.

Here is the re-edition of Makala’s first album “Hondartzan” (“At The Beach”) previously released in 2005 on disappeared Basque label Metak. Recorded & Produced 8 years ago, by Spanish Reggae & Dub master, Roberto Sanchez at his A-Lone Muzik Studio (Santander, Spain). This time, “Hondartzan” is out again but just in digital format, via Orrua Diskak.

Buy on Bandcamp – http://orruadiskak.bandcamp.com
Buy on iTunes – http://itunes.apple.com/es
Buy on Amazon – http://www.amazon.es
Buy on Emusic – http://www.emusic.com
Buy on Google Play – http://play.google.com
Buy on Deezer – http://www.deezer.com


CAT Nº.: ORDK001
ARTIST: Makala Jazz Funk Band
TITLE: Orrua
FORMAT: Single EP (Digital)
RELEASE DATE: 2nd of December 2013
GENRE: Jazz, Rhythm&Blues, Funk, Soul

Makala DJ, ekoizle eta musikaria bueltan dugu berriz bi egitasmo berriekin, batetik MJFB izeneko taldeekin eta bestetik Orrua Diskak izeneko zigiluekin. Oraingoan, Mikel “Makala” Unzurrunzaga Schmitz (Baxua), Antxon Sarasua (Teklatuak), Ander Ederra (Kitarra) eta Juan Otegi (Bateria) musikari bikainekin batera Makala Jazz Funk Band izeneko taldea osotu du. Taldearen errepertorioa, 50 ta 60 hamarkadako Jazz eta Rhythm’n’Blues estiloetik hasita 70 hamarkadako Groove Jazz Funk eta Disco Afro Soul estiloetara doa. Udaberrian, 4 abesti indartsu gehi “bonus track” bat osotzen duen “Orrua” izeneko EP bat grabatu dute. Abesti guziak, Zarauzko Antoine Renault Estudioetan grabaturikoak, Bilboko Euridia Studios-en nahasturikoak eta Stuttgart-eko Studio Schoenrock-en masterizatuak dira. Marrazkiak eta diseinu grafikoa Bartzelonako Txarly Brown-ek eginikoak dira.

El DJ, productor y músico vasco Makala regresa con nuevo proyecto musical llamado MJFB y nuevo sello discográfico llamado Orrua Diskak. En esta ocasión, Mikel “Makala” Unzurrunzaga Schmitz (Bajo) ha formado un grupo musical orgánico llamado Makala Jazz Funk Band, acompañado de algunos brillantes músicos locales como Antxon Sarasua (Teclados), Ander Ederra (Guitarra) y Juan Otegi (Bateria). El repertorio de la formación abarca sonidos que van del Jazz y Rhythm’n’Blues de los 50′s y 60′s a otros estilos como el Groove Jazz Funk y el Disco Afro Soul de los 70′s. Esta primavera, han grabado un EP titulado “Orrua”, que contiene cuatro explosivas canciones más un bonus track. Todas las canciones han sido grabadas en Antoine Renault Studio (Zarautz, País Vasco), mezcladas en Euridia Studios (Bilbao, País Vasco) y masterizadas en Studio Schoenrock (Stuttgart, Alemania). El diseño gráfico y las ilustraciones corren a cargo del diseñador Txarly Brown de Barcelona.

The Basque DJ, producer & musician is back! Makala strikes again with a new project called MJFB and a new label called Orrua Diskak. This time, Mikel “Makala” Unzurrunzaga Schmitz (Bass) has formed an organic group called Makala Jazz Funk Band, with some local brilliant musicians like Antxon Sarasua (Keyboards), Ander Ederra (Guitar) & Juan Otegi (Drums). The repertory goes from styles of Jazz & Rhythm’n’Blues of 50′s & 60′s to styles of Groove Jazz Funk & Disco Afro Soul of 70′s. This Spring, they’ve recorded an EP called “Orrua”, containing four explosive songs plus one bonus track. All tracks has been recorded at Antoine Renault Studio (Zarautz, Basque Country), mixed at Euridia Studios (Bilbao, Basque Country) and mastered at Studio Schoenrock (Stuttgart, Germany). Graphic design and illustrations are made by Txarly Brown from Barcelona.

Buy on Bandcamp – http://orruadiskak.bandcamp.com
Buy on iTunes – http://itunes.apple.com/es
Buy on Amazon – http://www.amazon.es
Buy on Emusic – http://www.emusic.com
Buy on Google Play – http://play.google.com
Buy on Deezer – http://www.deezer.com

July 20, 2013

MJFB (live) at Heineken Jazzaldia, 48º International Jazz Festival of Donostia-San Sebastián


48 HEINEKEN JAZZALDIA Festival, Donostia – San Sebastián

2013/07/25 | 23:00 – Heineken Terraza | Free


Antxon Sarasua (keys), Ander Ederra (guitar), Juan Otegi (drums), Mikel “Makala” Unzurrunzaga (bass), Oihan Lopetegi (voice)

Makala Jazz Funk Band taldea, DJ Makalaren egitasmo berria dugu. Zarauzko musikari ezagunaren laukotea musikari eskarmentudunek osatzen dute. Bere errepertorioan entzun daiteke, 50 eta 60 hamarkadako jazz eta rhythm’n’blues doinutik hasita 70 hamarkadako groove funk eta disco soul-era.

Makala Jazz Funk Band es el nuevo proyecto en formato de grupo de directo de DJ Makala. Viene de Zarautz y está formado por músicos experimentados. Su repertorio abarca estilos que van desde el jazz y rhythm’n’blues de los años 50 y 60 al groove funk y disco soul de los 70.


January 22, 2013

Makala part of “Liberty Of Art” Booking Agency roster



We are very proud to announce that the musician, producer, remixer & DJ Mikel Unzurrunzaga Schmitz better known as Makala is a new part of the liberty of art family. We give MAKALA a very warm Welcome.

Makala has released several vinyls & records for labels such as Novophonic, Metak, Uptight International, Achiliboots & Lovemonk. Also has released some remixes & tracks for compilations in labels such as UrbanWorld (Denmark), Movimientos (UK), Agogo (Germany), Freshly Squeezed (UK), Rip Curl (Japan), High Note (Taiwan), Lola’s World (Germany), Wagram (France), …Makala has performed as discjockey in clubs & venues of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Nederland, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, USA,… and some festivals such as Sonar 2000 (Barcelona), Porto 2001 “European Capital of Culture” (Portugal), Popkomm 2002 (Köln), Dranouter Festival 2009 (Belgium), Paulusfeesten 2010 & 2012 (Oostende, Belgium), Jazzaldia (San Sebastián),…

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November 19, 2012

Xare Azoka 2012 | Soinu Edizio & DJ Ikastaroa Makala-ren eskutik


XARE Euskarazko Teknologia Berrien Azoka

Azaroaren 23 eta 24ean (ostirala eta larunbata).
Donostiako Kursaal, Balioanitzeko Hallean.
11etatik 20etara
Nori zuzenduta?
Publiko orokorrari zuzendua, baina nagusiki gazteei. Sarrera bi egunez irekia eta doakoa izango da.

Soinu edizio eta bideko jartzaile ikastaroak aukeragai

Trebakuntzak ere tartea edukiko du XAREko egitarauan. Hala, Makalak Soinu Edizio Digital ikastaroa eskainiko du eta VJTxo!?k Bideo Jartzaile oinarrizko ikastaroa emango die interesatuei. Makalak tabletak, ordenagailu pertsonalak edo telefono mugikor modernoenak erabiliko ditu, soinu tresna eta audio software berritzaileenekin konbinatuz

VJTxok, ordea, bideo jartzaileen teknika ezberdinei errepaso teoriko-praktikoa egingo die, eta software zein hardware ezberdinak aurkeztuko ditu. Hala nola, edukiak sortzeko zein zuzenekoan aritzeko aplikatu daitezkeen modu ezberdinak jorratuko ditu.

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June 12, 2012

DJ Makala in Movimientos Party at Passing Clouds, London


Friday 15th June – Movimientos Party @ Passing Clouds

Swinging Latin, Brazilian and Tropical music and culture over two floors with the return of Movimientos live favourites Wara – launching their ‘Pretty Cliche’ remix EP with the help of one of the remixers special guest DJ Makala and new band with members of both Wara and Jardares Por Fuera – Mamanallora!

Live acts:
Wara (live) + Mamanollora (live)

Special guest from Spain DJ Makala (Lovemonk)
DJ Cal Jader

Larissa + Mozhez + Alquimix

+ Documentary film screening: ‘Cartas Para Angola‘ presented by Sounds and Colours

£5 b4 10 / £8 after

Friday 15th June
@ Passing Clouds
1 Richmond Road, E8 4AA
Train: Dalston Kingsland / Junction

Movimientos celebrates the remix EP release of Wara’s ‘Pretty Cliche’, a live favourite and as one of the first tracks ever to blend Cumbia with Cuban Timba and Hip Hop – a true Latin-London style mash up!! For the release launch party at Passing Clouds Wara return to the live stage for the first time in over 7 months plus we welcome special guest from the Basque country in Spain and one of the remixers DJ Makala who joins Movimientos’ DJ Cal Jader on the decks for a all things Latin, Tropical and funky.

Also on the live set new band MamaNollora featuring members of Wara and other Movimientos favourites Jardares Por Fuera who play a happy fusion of Reggae, Latin Funk, Rumba with a bit of Ska, Swing and Drum and Bass. Plus upstairs Udgrudi host a seriously funky eclectic Brazilian themed affair with anything from tropicalia to samba, reggae, funk and latin beats with DJs Larissa and guests Mozhev and Alquimix. And early on upstairs Sounds and Colours present a screening of the film ‘Cartas Para Angola‘ an exploration of identity and an insight into the similarities and differences between people from Brazil, Angola and Portugal.

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June 11, 2012

WARA “Pretty Cliché” Remixes EP by Makala & Palov


“Pretty Cliché” (Makala Remix) + (Palov Remix)
Movimientos Records (UK) © 2012

Digital download: Release date 11th June 2012

Escuchar ahora / Listen now: http://wara.bandcamp.com/album/pretty-cliche-remixed

El sello colectivo de Londrés Movimientos acaba de publicar el EP de WARA “Pretty Cliché Remixes” con remixes del dj y productor griego Palov y el vasco Makala. Ya está disponible en formato digital en las tiendas habituales como iTunes, Amazon, Juno,…

Buy on iTunes – http://itunes.apple.com
Buy on Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk
Buy on Juno – http://www.junodownload.com

Epic track ‘Pretty Cliche’ from the WARA EP on Movimientos Records has made its mark as a live favourite and as one of the first tracks ever to blend Cumbia with Cuban Timba and Hip Hop – a true Latin-London style mash up!! Both our remixers bring their own unmistakeable dancefloor sensibility to proceedings with Makala giving it a Cumbia-Moombahton type treatment and Palov infusing the track with big Afro-dancehall bounce.

The Remixers:


A prolific DJ, musician, producer and remixer who’s been on the scene for two decades, playing massive clubs and festivals across Europe. A stalwart of the ever excellent Lovemonk Records with several releases and a recent album, ‘Unexpected Tapas’, on the label. Makala also hosts monthly Global Funk Parties in his local Basque Country with the likes of Alice Russell & TM Juke, Nickodemus, & Daniel Haaksman. His production styles veer from Spanish rumba beats, gypsy swing, funk and jazz to more tropical sounds like latin, boogaloo, cumbia and ska, seamlessly combined with modern electronics.


With a style that blends latin flavours, block breaks, exotic soul, cumbia, swing and tropicalismo, Palov’s reputation continues to soar following a highly acclaimed series of E.P releases with his partner Mishkin (as production duo Palov & Mishkin) for labels like Gamm, Resence, Scribble, Rebtuz. He’s also remixed for The Hot 8 Brass Band and Lovemonk’s Más Achilifunk – Gipsy Soul From 21st Century. He recently launched his own label Carnibal bringing more funky tropical beats and mash ups.