Band Bio

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 experience.

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 same level.



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