Music

ATLAS SOUL

Maktoub

by Atlas Soul

Released 2008
Cosmos Music Productions
Released 2008
Cosmos Music Productions
"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
NOTES
Recorded and mixed by Graham Tobias at TMobile Productions
Produced by Jacques Pardo at Cosmos Music Productions
All songs by Jacques Pardo. Lyrics by Anwar Souini.
“L’amour en banlieue” French lyrics by Johann Sarton,
Arabic lyrics and vocals by Nadwa AlRifai.
Oud and Electric Bass by Walid Zairi

Jacques Pardo: guitar, tenor & soprano sax, lead vocals on “l’amour en banlieue”
Anwar Souini: lead vocals
Tim Paul Weiner: electric bass
Jon Simmons: trombone, guitar
Jason Kenyon: drums
Boujemaa Razgui: percussions, vocals
Guest:
Lucas Lejeune: violin on “Home”


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 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!

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..

They are currently in the studio recording their 4th album.

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