Grass Stain Sessions Ep. 9: Moskitto Bar

Hillary Watson

September 11th, 2020

The Grass Stain Sessions is a video series that explores the sense of human connection music and art provide. The videos feature musicians sharing two songs and telling a story.

Moskitto Bar is a fresh and unique sound created in the multi-cultural hub of Toronto, Canada. Their sound combines a beautiful and original mix of Ukrainian, Balkan, Iraqi Middle-Eastern, and French Celtic music.

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 mosquitos were joyfully feasting not he multicultural group inspiring their eponymous name.

Almost two years later the trio connected with the notable violin player, Fethi Nadjem, freshly landed from Algeria, adding his oriental flavour to the sound mix.

More than the music, despite their diverse traditions, political and social stories, they share a deeper connection, a mutual love and respect for each other, and a common desire to spread messages of unity.

Photo of Moskitto Bar members Tangi Ropar, Yura Rafaluik, and Ahmed Moneka.

Keep up to date with Moskitto Bar by following them on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and check out their website.


The Grass Stain Sessions is presented by Last Draft Inc., a London-based personal brand management and content writing company that aims to amplify authenticity online.

We see ourselves in each other and by sharing narrative and personal experience, we have the opportunity to empathize and understand one another. Through The Last Draft, our team looks to create a virtual space for artists to share their work from their own environment. Stories can be shared through a multitude of mediums and the Grass Stains Sessions is a stage that has been set to take viewers into artists’ backyards, histories, and imaginations.


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Hillary Watson

Illustrator behind Last Draft’s instagram art and organizer of the music video series, Living Room Sessions. Member of London-based group The Pairs.


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