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Biography

Gypsyphonic Disko is the collaboration of Ben Ellman, from the New Orleans funk band Galactic, and NOLA's most versatile turntablist/producer, Quickie Mart, now residing in Los Angeles.

NOLAPhonic Vol. 1 was nominated as one of the "Top 5 records you need to listen to" in 2009 by Nerve.com

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. on earth does music get as wild as it does in the Balkans. That’s why DJ Natto (a.k.a. Galactic sax man Ben Ellman) tapped into that unruly East-West tradition to create Gypsyphonic Disko, a raucous, multi-culti dance party for the ages. Mashing up the horn blasts and relentless rhythms of Eastern Europe with the laid back beats of hip-hop and funk (along with some live sax squonking), Natto takes the Old World into a future where there are no borders. A founding member of the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Natto, a long time fan of the pan-Romani music canon, shares the frenzied sounds of Bulgarian wedding music, Hungarian dances and Turkish brass scorchers with masses of New World party people.

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