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Black Market Brass is a Minneapolis-based group performing their own brand of originally composed Afrobeat/Afrofunk music, as well as completing authentic renditions of the classic 1970's West African sound. Taking their cues from the godfathers, the band draws on complex polyrhythmic percussion, driving bass lines, dizzying guitar interplay, rolling keyboards, and room-commanding brass. The result? An eclectic blend of cool deep funk and driving Afrobeat grooves that will lure you to the dance floor and never let you leave.

Hans Kruger, Guitar
Mitchell Sigurdson, Guitar
Jared Jarvis, Tenor Sax
Cody LeDuc, Trombone
David Tullis, Percussion
Cole Pulice, Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Bruber, Bass
Murphy Janssen, Drums
Cameron Kinghorn, Trumpet
Sam William Harvey-Carlson, Keys
Luke Rivard, Percussion



We reached out to Pierre Chrétien from Souljazz Orchestra, who knows his way around an Afrobeat tune, to hear his thoughts on the band’s sound. Says Chrétien, “It sounds amazing. Definitely no lack of sweat and stink here!” No disagreements here.

Wax Poetics

Live in The Current Studio

Live in The Current Studio


Black Market Brass is so much more than just a brass band. They mix afro-funk elements with what you would expect from a brass band and then tie it up in a beautiful bow of energy.

Girl at the Rock Shows


The 10-piece Black Market Brass has become an unlikely go-to summer party band in Minnesota.

Chris Reimenschneider, Star Tribune


Black Market Brass hit the road last month with a good buzz in support of its debut album for Secret Stash Records, “Cheat and Start a Fight.” The LP’s 10 original, all-instrumental tunes are kept tight and compact by Afrobeat standards, with grooves changing from manic-paced fire-starters to slower-steaming psychedelica.

Chris Reimenschneider and Jon Bream, Star Tribune

Live on After Hours

With only a 7" single to their name, the expansive Afrobeat group Black Market Brass have gained local notoriety solely on the strength of their live shows, which can be engaging, hypnotic, and irresistibly groovy.

Andrea Swensson, The Current


The band’s stamina was unbelievable — from the moment the curtain lifted to the end of the very last note, there was hardly a moment without music. The result was a continuous wall of Afrobeat that washed over the crowd and felt like a tangible force flowing from the speakers for those in the front few rows...Black Market Brass were a powerhouse of sound and energy.

Lillian Speakman, The Current

Album of the Week

Bounty Radio


Black Market Brass blasted noisily through six deep-grooving instrumental jams that had some audience members plugging their ears but more shaking their tails.

Chris Reimenschneider, Star Tribune


Cheat and Start a Fight, on the local Secret Stash label...presents a band brimming with confidence, power, and increasingly eclectic original material. It’s gutty, exuberant music that’ll raise a sweat in any climate.

Jay Boller, City Pages

Twin Cities Critics Tally

Black Market Brass placed 6th in the TCCT rating of best live acts in 2014.


Black Market Brass are taking the Afro Beat scene by storm. Their latest output on Secret Stash Records, “Big Muffler” is getting major props since it’s been out. Already featured in Wax Poetics as a download of the day, this 45 is filling dance floors and taking names, because this is just the beginning.

Flea Market Funk

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