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Brass Messengers Recording Party with special guest Siama

with RSVP


November 23, 2018
7:00 PM
with RSVP
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The Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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Brass Messengers

Live Recording Party 
with special guest Siama Matuzungidi
Friday, November 23, 2018
at The Hook and Ladder Theater
Doors 7pm / Show 7:30pm :: 21+

The Brass Messengers
The Brass Messengers are recording a live album at the Hook & Ladder!
Join us for a wild evening with The Brass Messengers and their special guest Siama Matuzungidi.  The whole evening is being recorded for release in 2019.

The Brass Messengers are a Minneapolis/St. Paul sprawling fun factory of ten musicians.  Music of choice is anything that fits into the twisted brass tubing, from inspired originals to sing-a-longs and covers from around the globe.  Truly, a joyful noise.

A street band playing mostly original music inspired by global sources, they formed from the annual rubble of the Heart of the Beast Mayday Parade. Their musical origins were found in the music of Africa, the Caribbean and Balkans.  They play whatever works, throwing in a country song to the crying drinkers, a high-speed polka or two for the Midwest dancers, running in circles with the little ones, activating gatherings of our activist kin or a bit of Black Sabbath for the metal crowd.  But mostly, it is an original music that rises from the heart of the band that can only be described as a homegrown Minneapolis street music sound.

Siama Matuzungidi was deeply influenced by the soukous music of rural DR Congo (then known as Zaire) during his youth. He grew up in the Bakongo region, immersed in local traditions of music, storytelling and dance. He taught himself to play guitar at age 12, and later joined the band Cavacha in Kinshasa. He then moved on to Uganda and onward to Kenya; his later homes were in Dubai and Japan, and he is now based in Minneapolis.

Siama launched his solo career in in 2014 in Minneapolis after being awarded a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and launched a solo career. Now running his own show, a lot of new material is flowing and he’s collaborating with musicians of a wide array of backgrounds and instrumentation.