"They continue to blend North African music, primarily the raï and chaabi styles, with jazz, reggae, and more. Chicago-raised Regie Gibson, a recent addition, brings a hip-hop element, rapping in poetry-slam style over crisp funk grooves. With fresh material and band members who clearly thrive off each other's company and ideas, one could say Atlas Soul is going strong. The band has a devoted local following, and their music gets frequently downloaded by listeners in France, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt."
-Siddhartha Mitter, Boston Globe
Featuring: Anwar Maghreb - Lead Vocals
Regie Gibson - Lead Vocals
Jacques Pardo - Guitar
Jon Simmons - Guitar
Perry Bakalos - Guitar
Nadjim Kebir - Drums
Tim Paul Weiner - Bass
Atlas Soul is a multiple award-winning band performing original music that celebrates and blends spicy hot Afro-Mediterranean melodies and grooves with a generous dose of jazz, hip-hop, rock, and funk! Burning live performances with audience participation are their trademark!
They have won or placed the Independent Music Awards four times – including the 2013 IMA vox poll in 2 categories - as well as winning accolades from many other music contests (too many to be listed here..) They have played scores of major venues such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Festival International de Louisiane, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, and more. They regularly sell out shows in the Boston area and beyond.
Atlas Soul sings in French, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew and English, making their performances truly cross-cultural music experiences. The lyrics speak of love, ecology, oppression, happiness, immigration, poverty, spicy food... The band has produced five CDs: Chamsa, Mabrouka, Maktoub, Live@Regattabar, and Gypsy Wind. Atlas Soul’s motto, world music for world peace, spells out its philosophical and political goal: to inspire world peace through a fusion of music and culture that gets people to the dance floor.