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World: World Fusion Moods: Mood: Upbeat Moods: Type: Live Recordings Jazz: World Fusion World: African- North

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United States - Mass. - Boston United States - United States United States - Massachusetts

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Atlas Soul

Atlas Soul is an award-winning band based in Boston performing original music that celebrates and bridge Afro-Mediterranean melodies & grooves with Jazz and Funk thus naturally creating new powerful genres of music one could describe as Maghrebien-Funk, Rock’n Raï and/or Shaabi-Jazz.

"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

Their powerful energetic & tight live performance is guaranty to move any audience and soon have every one sing along (often in a foreign language) up & dancing & sharing the positive energy produced from the stage!

They have played 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, and many more…They have been booked on the same bill and shared the stage with international artists such as Lady Smith Black Mombazo, Thomas Mapfumo, Gigi, Alpha Blondy, Hassan Hakmoun, Baba Maal and Cheb Nasro to name just a few.

“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, Arabic, Hebrew and English. The lyrics speak of love, natural wonders, oppression, poverty, and of the melancholy of immigrants longing for their homelands. Their motto is world-music-for-world-peace.

They have won or placed 3 times the Independent Music Awards, the Billboard World Song, The Unisong International, Global Rhythm Magazine, Just Plain Folks Music Awards, Boston Music Awards and many more..

Atlas Soul have released 3 studio CDs and 1 live CD and are currently in the studio recording a new one.
Their latest album, 2008 6 songs EP “Maktoub” (Destined) is Independent Music Awards Finalist 2008 (with the song Ana Weyak/You and Me)
The 2006 5 songs EP release: MABROUKA (blessings) received rave acclaims:
Independent Music Awards 2007 Vox Populi Winners (world fusion)
Independent Music Awards 2007 Finalist (with the song: L'amour en banlieue)
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)
Independent Music Awards 2004 Winners (world fusion)
They are Boston Music Awards Nominees (Outstanding World Music Act) 2000,2001, 2002, 2006 & 2007

The new song “Mahmouma” is selected to be included in the Music For Peace compilation CD.
The song “SOLE” is released by PETROL RECORDS/EMI world wide in 9/07 on a compilation called "Arabia, The Greatest Songs Ever"
“L'Amour En Banlieue” appeared on the Global Rhythm’s compilation CD 8/06 (that reaches 120,000 readers each month) along with songs from artist such as Asha Bhosle, Ska Cubano & Salif Keita.
"Angelo Mio" appeared on the Global Rhythm’s CD compilation 10/06 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.
Winners of the Independent Music Awards 2004 in the World Fusion category, Atlas Soul incorporates many genres: Raï, Funk, Shaabi, Jazz, Afrobeat, Jungle, Socca, Reggae, Gnawa & Samba. "It might sound a bit ambitious but it comes to us very naturally," Jacques Pardo, leader of the band explains.

Atlas Soul sings in French, Arabic, Hebrew and English. The lyrics speak of love, natural wonders, oppression, poverty, and of the melancholy of immigrants longing for their homelands. Their motto is world-music-for-world-peace.

Philosophically and politically, Atlas Soul hopes to inspire world peace through a fusion of music and culture that gets people to the dance floor.

For more information and review copies of their latest "Maktoub" CD, or to be on their mailing list please contact Jacques Pardo at 617 923 9957 or email him at jacquespardo@comcast.net websites: http://www.atlas-soul.com