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Also known asAmagueu-vos Tots, Maskarats [1]
OriginThe city of La Sénia in Catalonia, Spain
GenresRock, reggae, ska
Years active2008 (2008)–present (present)
LabelsSelf-published with a micro-finance campaign
Associated acts"Amagau Todos" 2008-2011 Mascarats@mascarats_grup
MembersDavid Mingorance López (lead vocals)
Josep Subirats Puig (vocals and saxophone)
Jordi Garcia Jimenez (trumpet)
Alex Huguet Querol (bass)
Cristian Pepió Centelles (guitar)
Ferran Arasa Baila (trombone)
Carles Tomas Querol (drums)
Ignasi Iranzo i Ortí (keyboard)
Pau Ortiz Prades (guitar)
Past members2017
(Trencarem l'imaginari album)
Xavi Sarrià of Obrint Pas (vocals)
Josep Nadal of La Gossa Sorda (vocals)
Gemma Polo of Roba Estesa (vocals)
Hector Peropadre of Aspencat (lute)
Joan Palà of Txarango (percussion)
Robert Benet (drums)
Óscar Pla (bass)

Mascarats is a Catalonian rock and reggae musical group.

The group started in 2008 with the name "Amagau Todos" in the city of La Sénia in Catalonia, Spain. Later they changed their name to Mascarats.[2]

Mascarats is a nickname given to the people of La Sénia. At one time, coal was produced La Sénia, and the people who worked there came out with black and dirty faces. They were called "masked". This name was being forgotten and the group wanted to revive it.[3]

Music[change | change source]

Their first album was "La veu del poble" in 2014. [4]

Their second album was "Trencarem l'imaginari" ("Let's break the imaginary') in 2017.[5] The album was released with a video: "Mai més presons" ("No more prisons'). The album was described as "fusing reggae and rock", and having a rebellious spirit with themes of feminism, internationalism, anti-capitalism, and political references. The album was produced at WZ Estudi in Borriol, Castellón de la Plana, Spain, and produced by Sam Ferrer. It featured Gemma Polo (vocalist from Roba Estesa), and backup vocals by Xavi Sarrià of Obrint Pas and Josep Nadal of La Gossa Sorda, and additional instrumentals by Joan Palà of Txarango on percussion and Héctor Peropadre of Aspencat on lute. [6]

In 2015 their song "Sentiment comú" was chosen to represent the XXXVII Aplec dels Ports, a yearly festival of the historical port cities, that is in a different city every year.[2]

In 2018 they recorded a video "Els carrers seran sempre nostres" ("The streets will always be ours") as a tribute to the October 1, 2017 Catalonia independence referendum and the September 20 arrests. [7][8][9]

In July 2018 they joined the "Free Forcadell" campaign, a benefit for Catalan President Carme Forcadell, the release of the political prisoners, and the return of the exiles, along with musicians Maria del Mar Bonet, musical group Gossos, singer Gerard Quintana, actor Sílvia Bel, musicians Titot and Borja Penalba, and poet Roc Casagran, actors Joel Joan and Anna Sahún, and journalist Sarai Sarroca.[10][11][12][13][14] The event was originally scheduled for July 21, but was changed to September 15 because of rain.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mascarats discography". RateYourMusic.
  2. 2.0 2.1 " estrena en exclusiva el nou disc de Mascarats".
  3. Tornada, Revista La. "Mascarats. Sinceritat per sobre de tot - La descoberta".
  4. "La veu del poble by Maskarats".
  5. "Mascarats - Trencarem l'imaginari".
  6. " estrena en exclusiva el nou disc de Mascarats".
  7. "'Els carrers seran sempre nostres', fet cançó".
  8. "El videoclip de Mascarats que homenatja els «herois de l'1 d'Octubre»".
  9. "Sis mesos de l'1-O: deu cançons que reivindiquen el referèndum d'independència de Catalunya".
  10. "Nace la campaña 'Free Forcadell' con un gran acto en Sabadell este sábado".
  11. "Sabadell acollirà un gran acte polític per la llibertat de Forcadell amb actuacions musicals".
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Sabadell acogerá un gran acto en apoyo a Carme Forcadell".
  13. "Ajornat fins setembre el gran acte a Sabadell de suport a Carme Forcadell".
  14. "Gossos, Maria del Mar Bonet i Gerard Quintana, al concert FreeForcadell".