Atlas Soul is an award-winning band based in Boston performing original music that celebrates and bridges Afro-Mediterranean melodies & grooves with Jazz and Funk, naturally creating metisse genres of music one could described as Maghrebi-Funk, Rock’n Raï, Chaabi-Jazz or Afro-Mediterranean!
"Atlas Soul's blend of jazz, funk and Middle-Eastern/Arabic grooves is a fascinating sonic stew that will catch any listener's ear. This is their second appearance on our CD's compilation. We like'em, and you will too". Global Rhythm Magazine
Burning, tight, and always moving 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 Houston International Festival, Musikfest, The FNX/Boston Phoenix Jazz Series at the Hatch Shell, The Festival International Nuits d’Afrique (Montreal) The Boston Globe Jazz Festival, The Steppin’Out Festival, MASS MoCA , Les Francofolies de Montreal, Joe's Pub and many more…
They have shared the stage with international artists such as Lady Smith Black Mombazo, Thomas Mapfumo, Gigi, Alpha Blondy, Hassan Hakmoun, Baba Maal, Cheb Nasro, Tinariwen, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Bombino and many more.
“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 Raï hooks. There is great wisdom in a world-music outfit that embraces divergent genres (but not so many that the sound loses its identity)" writes world music journalist Banning Eyre.
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.
Atlas Soul has released 5 Cds winning accolades from many music contests.
They have won or placed the Independent Music Awards four times – including the 2013 IMA vox poll in 2 categories: World Music with their 2012"Gypsy Wind" EP and Funk Song with "It Won't Take Long"
Their 2001 debut album "Chamsa" won The Independent Music Awards (2004) in the World Fusion CD Category.
The 2008 6 songs EP “Maktoub” (Destined) was an Independent Music Awards Finalist 2008 (with the song Ana Weyak/You and Me)
The 2006 5 songs EP release: MABROUKA (blessings) received many awards:
Independent Music Awards 2007 Finalist and Vox Populi Winners (world fusion)
11th Annual Unisong International Song Contest (2007) Finalist (with the song: L'amour en banlieue)
Billboard World SONG CONTEST (2007) Honorable Mention (with the song: L'amour en banlieue)
Global Rhythm magazine Song Contest Winners (2006) (with the song: L'amour en banlieue)
Canary Islands International Song Contest Finalist (2006) (with the song: Quiere me y veras)
Boston Music Awards Nominees (Outstanding World Music Act) 2000,2001, 2002, 2006 & 2007
The song “Mahmouma” was selected to be included in the Music For Peace compilation CD.
The song “SOLE” was released by PETROL RECORDS/EMI world wide in 2007 on a compilation CD called "Arabia, The Greatest Songs Ever"
“L'Amour En Banlieue” appeared on the Global Rhythm’s compilation CD in august 2006 (that reached 120,000 readers) along with songs from artist such as Asha Bhosle, Ska Cubano & Salif Keita.
"Angelo Mio" appeared on the Global Rhythm’s CD compilation in October 2006 along with songs from artist such as T. Jobim, Marisa Monte, Lee Ritenour, Gal Costa & Tania Maria
“Mabrouka” was also selected to be used on the Rock n Cookin’ Kitchen - TV Show.
For more information, booking and review copies of their latest CD, please contact Jacques Pardo at 617 513 9675 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org