The project was initiated by Tangi Ropars when he met newcomers Yura, from Ukraine, and Ahmed, from Iraq. In June 2016, during a gathering in Northern Ontario, they met every day in the woods to share and teach each other their respective melodies and rhythms. As they were playing, the rural Ontario mosquitoes were joyfully feasting — inspiring their name. The trio went on to connect with noted violin player, Fethi Nadjem, freshly landed from Algeria. Despite their diverse traditions, political and social stories, they share a deeper connection, a mutual love and respect for each other and a desire to spread messages of unity.
Toronto saw the band playing on the streets, at community events and bars and more recently in larger venues and festivals. Now they share their special magic with us!
Band members are Tangi Ropars (accordion, vocals), Ahmed Moneka (percussion, vocals), Yura Rafaliuk (cimbalom & vocals), and Fethi Nadjem (violin, vocals).
Performing Sunday Night