Led by Montréal music veteran Angelo Finaldi, the collective Wop Pow Wow takes its key from a wide array of musical influences, be it reggae, Latin grooves, Italian music, blues, Gypsy jazz and more. The name combines "Wop", a pejorative term used to describe Italians, with "Pow Wow", used to describe native ceremonies. For the release of their debut album MDCXLII-MMIX in 2010, Finaldi dreamed up a surreal fable of the origins of Montréal's Little Italy, providing a conceptual backdrop to the album's varied music. Born in Naples, Angelo Finaldi moved to Montréal with his family at 12 and throughout his career worked with artists such as Johnny Hallyday, Nanette Workman and many more. Along with Finaldi, Wop Pow Wow features musicians Benoît Charest and Stéphane Tellier (Triplettes of Belleville), his daughters Coco and Jaia, Chet Doxas and more.