BEYONDMUSIC
Nic Lagasse

ABOUT ME

As a European-Canadian hybrid creature, I find myself looking outward and searching for a musical identity by experimenting with different instruments and styles. My curiosity has brought me from garage rock to psych, reggae, funk, hip hop, gamelan, and more recently Latin rhythms like salsa and cumbia. After nearly 20 years of making music, I still don't know what my next song will sound like, but I have come to appreciate my chameleonic nature. I play several instruments to varying degrees of success: bass guitar, voice, guitars and stringed things aplenty, percussion, keyboards, flutes...

My primary project over the past 6 years has been an 8-piece Latin/Global fusion band called MNGWA, where I play bass guitar, sing, and compose/produce the music.

Since 2010, I have hosted Wandering Rhythms, a global music show on campus/community radio (CJSF 90.1 FM in Burnaby, Canada). This provides me with an endless source of musical inspiration to guide my own songwriting.
  • Curiosity
  • Environmentalism

BAND / ENSEMBLE

MNGWA
https://mngwa.ca/

Cultural background

  • Canada

PROJECT MUSIC

5:22
We are Earthlings
Excitement for the ears here! We are Earthlings is a manifestation of diversity, created by five musicians representing five continents. Rather than providing a singular statement or theme, this song presents a playful exploration of our many inter-connected perspectives. Even the seemingly straightforward lyric ‘we play with fire’ can be interpreted as either threatening or empowering depending on the context. We are complex creatures, and every one of us lives the full spectrum of emotions. As the song progresses, we move from minor to major melodies, and despair is replaced by hope. We are Earthlings!
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  • Alternative
  • Arabic
  • Fusion
  • Hip Hop / Rap
  • Indian
  • Latino
  • Neo-Soul
  • Pop
  • Psychedelia
  • Rock
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Chanting
  • Rapping
  • Singer
  • Synthesizer
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Ud / Oud
  • Zither
  • Dholak
  • Drum machine
  • Guiro
  • Janggu
  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Netherlands
3:29
Vergel (Orchard)
Inspired by an environmentalist and humanist perspective, “Vergel” expresses the desire to find a place to make a base; a place to find peace in these crazy times, and put down roots. It also seeks to generate awareness about the need to harvest our own food and through this act reconnect with Mother Earth. Curiously, all three performers (none of whom are Indian) are playing Indian instruments in this song. Although the style of music is not primarily Indian, the music is grounded by the warmth and timelessness of these ancient sounds.
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  • Fusion
  • Indian
  • Latino
  • Pop
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Chanting
  • Singer
  • Harmonium
  • Bass guitar
  • Sarangi
  • Dholak
  • Finger cymbals
  • Bansuri
  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • India
  • Japan
5:14
Eyes of the World
The Earth is a single magical and benevolent creature. All it asks of us is to zoom out from our tiny lives and see the world holistically. With eyes wide open, not putting on a show, but living conciously together.
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  • Indian
  • Indie Pop
  • Pop
  • Funk
  • Background vocals
  • Chanting
  • Mezzo-soprano
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Vocal percussion
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Violin
  • Bell
  • Percussion
  • Drum machine
  • Tambourine
  • Canada
  • India
  • Netherlands
  • United States of America
3:55
Kijanisha the Planet (Regreen the Planet)
This song is a call to reconnect with nature and regreen the planet. The lyrics speak of dire environmental issues, but the music will make you want to dance. There's no need to sit around being sad about the world - grab a shovel, plant a seed and groove! The roots of the composition are Msafiri Zawose and Anna Kattoa's impassioned vocals. The song then travelled back and forth between Tanzania and Canada as more instruments were added, growing slowly and steadily like a tree.
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  • African
  • Fusion
  • Pop
  • Psychedelia
  • R&B / Soul
  • Rock
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Zeze / Tzetze / Dzendze
  • Conga
  • Drum machine
  • Kalimba
  • Kayamba
  • Canada
  • Tanzania
5:46
Wanyama Wetu (Our Animals)
Wanyama Wetu is about the value and wisdom of animals, protecting them from harm until the time comes when people understand that all creatures deserve equal respect. The music was recorded remotely between Tanzania and Canada. Msafiri Zawose began the composition with a hip hop style drumbeat and bassline, zeze (Tanzanian violin/harp) and vocals in Swahili. He invited his friend Suleman Abdallah (a.k.a. Meja Drum) to record a Swahili rap verse as well. On the other side of the world, Nic Lagasse added more vocals and instrumentation (bass guitar, percussion, ukulele, taishogoto), building up the intensity for the second half of the song. Msafiri then added more vocal harmonies and chants for the finishing touches. There was no specific genre of music in mind when creating this song, and I believe the composition benefits from the freedom of three artists working without inhibition.
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  • African
  • Funk
  • Fusion
  • Hip Hop / Rap
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Chanting
  • Rapping
  • Singer
  • Electric piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Dholak
  • Drum machine
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Malimba
  • Shekere
  • Canada
  • Tanzania
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