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Atlas Soul

122 Spruce St
02472 Watertown

"Atlas Soul's blend of jazz, funk and Middle-Eastern/Arabic grooves is a fascinating sonic stew that will catch any listener's ear..." Global Rhythm M

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Atlas Soul is an award-winning band performing original music that celebrates Afro-Mediterranean culture & rhythm with a Jazz and Funk perspective.

“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 (Afro-Pop World-Wide)

Atlas Soul live performances are spirited, hypnotic and get the audience in a dancing trance! 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 artist such as Lady Smith Black Mombazo, Thomas Mapfumo, Gigi, Alpha Blondy, Hassan Hakmoun, Baba Maal and Cheb Nasro to name just a few.

They have released 3 CDs and have a new 6 songs EP “Maktoub” (Destine) coming-up in October that is already a finalist in the 8th Independent Music Awards Finalist with the song Ana Weyak/You and Me (world/fusion category).

Their 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)

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. 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

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," explains the band leader Jacques Pardo.

Atlas Soul sings in Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew and English, making it not only a truly World Music band, but 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 "Maktoub!" CD, or to be on their mailing list please contact Jacques Pardo at 617 513 9675 or email him at websites:



  • About Atlas Soul

    Atlas Soul is an award-winning band performing... 08 Sep 2007 - written by Jacques Pardo, Atlas Soul from USA

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