AFROTRONIX

PALESTINE/FRANCE

Enthralling and electrifying, 47Soul is a London, UK-based quartet of Palestinian and Jordanian musicians who seamlessly combine traditional Palestinian street music (the cherished Arab folk dance called dabke) with bass-heavy dance beats, analogue synthesisers and hypnotic guitar lines to create a revolutionary new genre called Shamstep. All the members of 47Soul have roots in Bilad al-Sham (Arabic for “land to the north”) and in the region referred to as Levant or Greater Syria. Their varying citizenships make them accustomed to travel issues and displacement, but rather than deter them, it inspires them to create potent political lyrics – delivered in tripped-out Arabic & English verses – that celebrate movement and the irrefutable call for freedom. Their latest album Balfron Promise (2018) reflects the band’s three-year residency in London, a profoundly unique experience for the four members and their music.

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47SOUL