"What hits hardest about Atlas Soul's sound is the natural funk of North African music and also powerful vocals, which span fluid, passionate Gnawa melodies and husky Rai hooks." - Banning Eyre, NPR Afrobeat Worldwide
ATLAS SOUL WITH SPECIAL GUEST AMAZIGH KATEB (FROM GNAWA DIFFUSION)
Have you ever experienced the music genres of Rock N' Rai, Chaabi Jazz or Maghrebi Funk? This is your chance!Atlas Soulis a–multiple award winning -band performing original music that celebrates polyrhythm & melodies rooted in the Afro-Mediterraneantraditions and fusethem with deep funk, jazzand intelligent hip hop.
Burning live performances with audience participation are their trademark!
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’s core is a quintet but they love to invite a special guest musician or add a full horn section depending on the show!They feature two outstanding lead vocalist, Regie Gibsonan award winning poet, a percussionist and a natural power house performer and Jacques Pardo from France,a saxophonist, guitarist, composer and the band leader. Drummer extraordinary Nadjim Kebir from Algeria and bassist Tim Paul Weiner “The groove master” hold the rhythm section along with Greek-American virtuoso guitarist Perry Bakalos.
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..)
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 and two singles: We ‘re Atlas Soul and My Heart 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.
Atlas Soul is available for booking at festivals, mini tours, concert halls and clubs in North America & Europe during the spring and summer 2015. They are available for the full month of August 2015.Please contact Jacques for specific dates and for more info.