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Masters At Work is the house music production and remix team of Kenny 'Dope' Gonzales and Little Louie Vega. They first worked together using the name (which had originally been loaned to a mutual friend Todd Terry) in 1990.

They have also produced music together under the names MAW, KenLou, River Ocean, and Nuyorican Soul.

Their Nuyorican Soul project sees them working extensively with real (as opposed to sampled or synthesized) musicians, in a variety of styles including Latin, disco, jazz, etc. Musicians who took part in this project include Vincent Montana Jr., Roy Ayers, George Benson, Jocelyn Brown, Tito Puente, and members of the Salsoul Orchestra. The self-titled album released by Nuyorican Soul in 1996 included original tracks as well as cover versions of songs by the performers they were working with, such as "Sweet Tears" (Roy Ayers), and "Runaway," originally sung by Loleatta Holloway with the Salsoul Orchestra, here sung by India, featuring musicians from the original recording of 1977.

MAW have a history as remixers, having recreated tracks for various acts both inside and outside the world of dance music. Some of the artists remixed by the two producers include Madonna, Donna Summer, Jody Watley, Janet Jackson, Jamiroquai and Earth Wind & Fire.




  • 1993 The Album
  • 1995 The Essential KenLou House Mixes
  • 1996 Nuyorican Soul (as Nuyorican Soul)
  • 1998 The Remixes (as Nuyorican Soul)
  • 2000 The Tenth Anniversary Collection - Part I
  • 2000 The Tenth Anniversary Collection - Part II
  • 2001 Our Time is Coming


Masters At Work

  • 1991 "Blood Vibes/The Ha Dance"
  • 1991 "Our Mute Horn" (with Ray Vega)
  • 1992 "Gonna Get Back to You" (with Xaviera Gold)
  • 1993 "Can't Stop the Rhythm" (with Jocelyn Brown)
  • 1993 "Give it to Me" (with Screechie Dan)
  • 1993 "Hardrive EP"
  • 1993 "I Can't Get No Sleep" (with India)
  • 1993 "When You Touch Me" (with India)
  • 1995 "I Can't Get No Sleep '95" (with India)
  • 1997 "La India Con La Voe" (with India and Albert Menendez)
  • 1997 "MAW Sampler"
  • 1997 "To Be in Love" (with India)
  • 1998 "Odyssey/I'm Ready"
  • 1998 "Pienso en Ti" (with Luis Salinas)
  • 1999 "To Be in Love '99" (with India)
  • 1999 "MAW Expensive" (as MAW presents a Tribute to Fela, with Ibi Wunmi)
  • 2000 "Brazilian Beat" (with Lilian Chachian)
  • 2000 "Ékabo"
  • 2000 "MAW Unreleased Mixes"
  • 2001 "Lean On Me" (with James Ingram)
  • 2001 "Dubplate Special 1"
  • 2001 "Like a Butterfly" (with Patti Austin)
  • 2001 "Work" (with Puppah Nas-T and Denise Belfon)
  • 2001 "Dubplate Special 2"
  • 2002 "Backfired" (with India)
  • 2003 "Dubplate Special 3"
  • 2006 "Loud" (with Beto Cuevas)
  • 2007 "Work 2007" (with Puppah Nas-T and Denise Belfon)

Nuyorican Soul

  • 1993 "Nervous Track"
  • 1996 "Mind Fluid"
  • 1996 "Runaway" (with India)
  • 1996 "You Can Do it" (with George Benson)
  • 1997 "I Am the Black Gold of the Sun" (with Jocelyn Brown)
  • 1997 "It's All Right, I Feel it" (with Jocelyn Brown)
  • 1998 "I Love the Nightlife" (with India)


  • 1995 "KenLou 1"
  • 1995 "KenLou 2"
  • 1995 "KenLou 3"
  • 1996 "KenLou 4"
  • 1997 "KenLou 5"
  • 1998 "KenLou 6"
  • 2001 "Gone Three Times"

Other aliases

  • 1994 "One World" (as Groove Box, with Evelyn Thomas)
  • 1994 "Voices in my Mind" (as Voices, with India)
  • 1994 "My Love" (as People Underground, with Michael Watford)
  • 1995 "The Hard Times March" (as 200 Sheep)
  • 1995 "The Drum" (as WAM)
  • 1996 "Casio's Theme/The More You Want" (as Groove Box)
  • 1996 "Just Be Good to Me" (as Groove Box, with Leena Marie)
  • 1997 "Dance (Do That Thang)" as (Black Magic)
  • 1997 "Let it Go" (as Black Magic)
  • 2001 "The More You Want" (as Groove Box)
  • 2002 "Tranz/Body" (as MAW Electronic)
  • 2004 "Danz/Time Travellers" (as MAW Electronic)

Productions for other artists

Mixed compilations

  • 1995 Ministry of Sound Sessions 5
  • 2001 West End Records: The 25th Anniversary Mastermix
  • 2004 Soul Heaven Presents: Masters at Work in the House
  • 2005 The Kings of House
  • 2006 Soul Heaven Presents: Masters at Work
  • 2007 Ministry of Sound Chillout Classics
  • 2007 Strictly MAW

Selected Remixes

See also

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