Black Masala (Photo courtesy the band)
DC gypsy brass band Black Masala livestreams a concert performance via Facebook on Wednesday, Aug. 5!
Earlier this summer, Black Masala released two new songs — “Afterglow,” the band’s new single, and “Control Your Roll,” a collaboration with All Good Funk Alliance.
Stream “Afterglow” by Black Masala on Spotify:
Stream “Control Your Roll” by Black Masala and All Good Funk Alliance on Spotify:
Black Masala evolved from a duo project in drummer and vocalist Mike Ounallah’s basement.
“I got together with a trombonist friend of mine because we were both obsessed with gypsy brass music from Romania and Serbia,” Mike recalled. They studied the repertoire, one that reminded Mike of his childhood listening to his father’s Arabic pop records.
It just got crazier from there. The duo expanded rapidly, finally finding a stable roster of skilled players and the instrumentation that captured the full energy of the music they loved. Along the way, they recruited versatile, gutsy vocalist Kirsten Long and everything from a tuba player to an electric guitarist.
Follow Black Masala on Facebook and catch the livestream!
Wednesday, Aug. 5
Show @ 8:30pm