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The GroovaLottos Debut Single & Video Starts ‘The Phunk’ as A Line Dance Craze

SINGLE: Do You Mind…? The Phunk (3 Versions)
BAND: The GroovaLottos
GENRE: Indie Soul-Funk-Blues
LABEL: Song Keepers, Ltd.


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Powerhouse soul-funk-blues band, The GroovaLottos explode onto the scene with a debut single and music video, “Do You Mind…? The Phunk”, an infectiously fun party groove that created a small dance craze this past summer, as throngs of people got up to do ‘The Phunk’ at bars, clubs as well as jazz, blues and soul festivals throughout New England. No strangers to the music business, the band is comprised of award-winning and veteran studio session and touring musicians who have been packing dance floors since their first public performance in 2011. The band is comprised of Eddie Ray Johnson, drums and vocals; Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor, keys and vocals; and Melvin Coombs, Jr. on bass.

What inspired “Do You Mind…?” takes us to a bar gig last spring in Plymouth, MA. A small group of white couples came in. The men went to the bar to watch the game and the women came out on the dance floor. One woman started dancing close to the band and her husband came running out onto the dance floor, to place himself between her and the bass player. At the time, the band was playing a funky soul groove instrumental, until Mwalim made eye contact with the husband and started singing, “Do you mind if we dance with your dates?” his favorite line from the movie “Animal House.” The man got red in the face as the women started laughing as did the other husbands who now came out to dance to the groove. By the band’s next rehearsal, Mwalim had a new song for them to add to the set list and it’s been a party ever since.

While a band that has in-house songwriting and production is considered armed to take on the world, when you add film and video production skills to the resume, they cease to be a band and become a movement. Mwalim, who holds a degree in film production, worked a film and video producer for a number of production houses in New York and Boston, and has a number of award-winning experimental films made as museum and gallery installations, was prime for the task of producing and directing the project. Shot on location in the upper Cape Cod area and in Onset Village, as well as clips of a flash-mob of the funk at the UMass Dartmouth Library by UMass students; Mwalim crafted a fun journey from bars, to docks, to streets, to the library and the recording studio with everybody doing The Phunk.

Comprised of members of the Mashpee Wampanoag and Choctaw communities, and said to play with their souls instead of their hands, The GroovaLottos see their music as a celebration of a musical tradition born of the Black and First Nations experience in America. Currently, the band is completing their album, “Ask Yo’ Mama” for a spring release. Expect more videos and fun from this exciting band.

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