From the streets of Victoria, Masala
came together as a diverse source of musical energy, accompanying
demonstrations and lighting up Victoria and Vancouver community
festivals with rhythms from around the world, from Samba to Haitian
and African grooves.
The band started as an ad hoc group of percussionists
from a wide range of musical inspirations who came together to
accompany political demonstrations and marches. Since that
time, Masala has evolved rapidly into a focused and professional
band that infuses local events and festivals with a dynamic rhythm
The music of Masala is inspired by traditional
rhythms from West Africa, Haiti, Cuba, and Brazil. The band is honored to have members who are committed
students and teachers of these musical traditions. Instrumentation
consists of surdo, repinique, snare, timbau, agogo bell, tambourim,
shakers, shekere, kenkeni and cuica. The diversity of these
musical sources and this unique combination of instruments ensure
an exceptional and distinctive sound that will raise the energy
of any event.
Masala's goal is to use music to bring people
together in celebration of community and common cultural values.
Audience interaction and participation have become essential aspects
of a Masala performance. Playing with mobile instruments gives
the band liberty to connect and move with the audience on the