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.
TIMBILA [tim-BEE-lah] reinvents some of the most beautiful music traditions of southern Africa, with an East Village edge. The band started when Nora Balaban met Banning Eyre and DirckWestervelt in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1997. Balaban, a veteran of CBGB's punk and San Francisco's "worldbeat" scene in the 1980s, was studying mbira (Shona thumb piano) and timbila (Chopi xylophone) with masters. Eyre, a writer and producer for public radio's Afropop Worldwide, was playing guitar, and Westervelt banjo and bass, with Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, Zimbabwe's top traditional pop band. Louisa Bradshaw has been a vocalist with the band through its many incarnations over the past eight years.
Bill Ruyle, percussionist extraordinaire, and a recent convert to the seductive world of Shona music, plays drums and percussion. And, TIMBILA has recently added an unusual element to the mix, Rima Fand on violin. Fand plays lines drawn from mbira and timbila parts, improvises like a fiend, and adds her voice to Balaban's and Bradshaw's rich vocal harmonies. The surreal buzzing beauty of timbila and hypnotic dream melodies of mbira soar with stinging guitar riffs and celestial vocals in grooves that are deeply funky, fierce and danceable. No other band sounds like TIMBILA.
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