Atlas Soul is an award-winning band performing original music that celebrates Afro-Mediterranean culture and rhythm heavily spiced with Jazz and Funk.
They have released 3 CDs. Since their MABROUKA (blessings) CD release (august 06) they were:
Independent music Awards 2007 Vox Populi Winners (world fusion)
Independent music Awards 2007 Finalist (with the song: L'amour en banlieue)
Global Rhythm magazine Song Contest 06 Winners (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 07 Honorable Mention (with the song: L'amour en banlieue)
Canary Islands International Song Contest Finalist 06 (with the song: Quiere me y veras)
Boston Music Awards Nominees (Outstanding World Music Act) 2000,2001, 2002, 2006
The song “SOLE” is to be 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. The show is currently in production and will be broadcast on DATV via Time Warner Cable Channel 20 Dayton and 19 MVCC. They will also expand to include Chicago and California in the near future.
"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
Atlas Soul live performances are hypnotique and often get the audience in a dancing trance! They have played venues such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Louisiana International Music Festival, The Houston International Festival, The 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 artist 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.
Winners of the Independent Music Awards 2004 in the World Fusion category (www.musiciansatlas.com), 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 Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew and English, making it not only a truly World Music band, but probably one of the only group of this kind currently residing in the United States of America. 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 "Mabrouka!" CD, or to be on their mailing list please contact Jacques Pardo at 617 923 9957 or email him at email@example.com websites: http://www.atlas-soul.com
Press reviews and commentaries from radio stations.
Media name: James Cervantes Company name: KWVA Date: 2007-11-12 15:40:38
Jacques, I love the album. I will play several tracks and put the album on rotation for the others DJ to play. I will let you know everytime I play the album. Thanks for making the music possible.
Jazz Format Director
Media name: Dr. StrangeDub (Michael Rose) Company name: KFAI-FM Date: 2007-11-11 07:11:03
Feedback: An excellent release... Nice, tight, jazzy playing, with some very authentic Middle Eastern percussions (and vocals) on some tracks. I just love the track “L'Amour En Banlieue”....It reminds me of some of the best things done by Natacha Atlas.
This DJ is very much looking forward to the next Atlas Soul release.
Media name: Graham J Barclay Company name: Soundwave FM Date: 2007-11-09 02:01:24
Feedback: Hi Jacques Many Sincere thanks for the Cd you submitted to us. We have played it, and think that it is well worth having tracks from the CD included into our playlists. The charactor of the music style presented gives this CD a unique feel, with an individual personality presented inside it's contents. Great work, and we sure look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Kind Regards firstname.lastname@example.org
Media name: george young Company name: country club productions pty ltd Date: 2007-10-29 10:42:18
Feedback: Hi Jaques, Great work on this disc full of wonderful song's and music. One to be proud of.
Thank's George Young
Media name: Maurizio Benvenuti Company name: Radio Incontro Date: 2007-05-28 08:53:31
Feedback: dear friend in good music : I received your cd : is very very good and now in airplay on my radio show and playlist .
Sincerely, Maurizio Benvenuti
Media name: Richard Good Company name: Radio One 91 FM Date: 2007-07-15 12:59:26
Feedback: A record review, and tracks played across several editions of Radio One's "Jazz Junction." Angela Rossi is possessed of a good voice. Interesting rhythms and instrumentation. an intruiging mix of jazz & world music, although on occasions (Love in the suburbs ) perhaps too little of the former.
Media name: Yanick M. Thériault Company name: CKUM RadioJ 93.5 MF Date: 2007-05-17 08:06:11
Media name: John Reid Company name: Keith Community Radio Date: 2006-10-24
Feedback: Thank you for sending on this C.D. This is to use the old "cliche " something totally different. It is an exciting cornucopia of world music, and cultural rhythms blended and fused together to produce a sound which is both melodic and exciting. Superbly played, arranged, and produced this recording is highly innovative and listenable, and conjures up vivid images of exotic and far away places. I would certainly like to hear other work by Jacques Pardo and his group of talented Musicians. Great rhythms. Best Wishes John Reid Keith Community Radio 102.8 FM Keith Banffshire SCOTLAND
Media name: Jennifer Isaacs Company name: WGDR 91.1FM Date: 2007-03-26 02:59:57
Feedback: Atlas Soul Continues to be on our top 30 charts. Congratulations on a great CD!
Media name: Mitchell Mendys Company name: WKNH Date: 2007-03-17 11:48:46
Feedback: HEY YOU GUYS GROOVE NICELY!!I'LL BE PLAYING YOU ON MY WORLD MIX SHOW NOW AND ON MY SUMMER "COOL JOOLZ" SHOW TOO. THANKS, MITCHELL MENDYS wknh
Media name: Gi Dussault Company name: Upper Room Radio Show Date: 2007-01-18
Feedback: You need to have this CD in your collection. Really good release. No excuse to not have this CD right on your CD player. We just love it here on The Upper Room Radio Show. Gi Dussault Upper Room Radio Show www.upperroomwithjoekelley.com
Media name: Louis Brunet Company name: CKMN-FM 96,5 Date: 2007-01-08
Feedback: Very good cd. I've played many times in my show.
Media name: Tony Wickham Company name: Radio Maldwyn Date: 2007-01-04
Feedback: I love the basic style of this recording: musically, the haunting trombone in the background 'makes it' for me, although anyone who thinks that mucking about with turntables makes music and deserves a credit (Mr. williams!) needs a period in a correctional institution. Great vocals from Angela, and overall a nice style for an early evening show. TONY WICKHAM RADIO MALDWYN, UK
Media name: Michael Criddle Company name: Triple H-FM Date: 2006-11-18
Feedback: What a great sound you have, I have played several of your tracks to date and plan to schedule more in future programs. Keep up the good work and please keep me up to date with your progress Regards Michael Criddle OzRadio email@example.com
Media name: Scott Stevens Company name: KAOS Community Radio Date: 2007-01-15
Feedback: Added to KAOS library, and has gotten spins on several "world music" and eclectic shows. Thanks!
Media name: Brad C Dedmon Company name: WMNF 88.5 FM ,Tampa Date: 2007-01-21
Feedback: Mabrouka has good blend of world and jazz on this CD.
Media name: David Martin Company name: Martel Date: 2006-11-24
Feedback: Really enjoying Atlas Soul's "Mabrouka". It's amazing how the band's different influences manage to blend themselves into one tight sound. "Angelo Mio" is such a hauntingly beautiful song of longing. The vocals really stand up to the richly textured music. It's a song we will cherish in our collection for many years. Kate Martinelli Ozcat Radio 91.5 Vallejo, California www.ozcatradio.com PS added you guys to our artists page: http://www.ozcatradio.com/ozcat-radio-artists.html
Media name: Alex Pijnen Company name: BRTO Radio Date: 2006-10-23
Feedback: Fantastic Album. Great stuff for our Radio Station.
Media name: Henry Brun Company name: KRTU Date: 2007-04-10
Feedback: Your music touches the soul! Henry Brun
Media name: Jennifer Isaacs Company name: WGDR 91.1FM Date: 2007-02-08 12:40:50
Feedback: This CD has been on our Top 30 chart consistently. THANK YOU - Jennifer WGDR 91.1 FM P.O. Box 336 Plainfield, VT 05667 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media name: Eric Cohen Company name: WAER - Jazz 88 Date: 2007-02-06 12:20:35
Feedback: The album Mabrouka has been a pretty good fit for our World Music program especially with Angel Mio and also Passa La Vida getting some good feedback.
Media name: John van Eijsden Company name: Lokale Omroep Hoogeveen Date: 2007-02-04 05:24:35
Feedback: in fact the album is right here before me on my desk, as I use it almost every week in our program. We had some questions about it from our audience , as they did like the tracks we had in our program.
Media name: Thalie Santema Company name: CHLY 101.7 FM Radio Malaspina Date: 2007-01-22 09:42:03
Feedback: Thank you for your album..! It has been processed into the CHLY FM Radio music library, where more DJs/programmers have access to it for their radio shows. Keep up the good work! regards, Thalie
Media name: Ric & Jan Mancuso Company name: KMHD Date: 2007-02-21 03:18:28
Feedback: we like this a lot but are only able to play a limited # of tracks on our jazz show. mixing jazz w/world is good, instrumentals work more for our audience that vocals. we're sure there are other programmers out there in wider ranging formats that can present more of this music. Good job! Jan & Ric The Night, Thursdays 9-midnight KMHD Portland, OR
Media name: Mark Robinson Company name: GeorgeFM Date: 2007-02-19 05:59:33
Feedback: Kia Ora, Thank you for sending the CD to me. Such a mix of wonderful sounds on the CD. I love the track "Angel Mio" - the mix of jazz grooves and world music flavours takes one away across the world. I will be playing this track on my radio shows here in New Zealand. Cheers, Mark
Hello and Happy Halloween -
Just writing to let you know that I have received, and am thoroughly enjoying the copy of "Mabrouka" that you sent me (through RadioDirectX).
What a range of sound and style for a 5-trk EP: it's hard to believe that the first song and the last are from the same group. Beautiful, tight jazz....with excellent N.African-sounding rhythms. And the vocals are superb as well -- especially the combination on my favorite track "L'amour En Banlieue".
Thanks so much for sending the CD. I will debut it on my radio program ("The Echo Chamber" on KFAI-FM) one week from today. (I would debut it tonight except for the fact that we are doing a "spooky" Halloween type show....)
Give my best to the whole of Atlas Soul. I look forward to hearing & airing more...
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