N. American tour confirmed, including shows at New York’s Lincoln Center, Pop Montreal & more
This is music without borders, mixing old and new, acoustic and electronic from a band formed in Amman Jordan, singing in Arabic and English. It’s one big, positive and poignant party.
It is rare you find a band with such a unique sound and vibe.
Fast-rising Jordanian-Palestinian electronic band 47SOUL has made an exhilarating debut on NPR’s popular Tiny Desk Concert series. Watch the full video here.
Since 2013 the group has been innovatively blending modernity and traditional Middle Eastern influences into a soundscape that has captivated a growing worldwide fanbase. Their distinctive hooks and powerful political lyrics resonate with their fans in their iconic YouTube music video for their debut single Intro to Shamstep, currently sitting at more than 10 million views here.
Following two tours of North America earlier this year, with performances at globalFEST in New York City and SXSW in Austin, TX, the group will return for a new run of dates visiting Lincoln Center in New York City, Pop Montreal in Canada, and more. See below for full tour dates.
47SOUL has become renowned for inventing their own genre, Shamstep (also the name of their debut EP), which fuses dubby, synthy sounds with rock elements, hip-hop and pop lyrics in English and Arabic. The high-energy electronic creation, featuring Arab roots music (Dabke) has been kicked up a gear on their latest record Balfron Promise (Cooking Vinyl), with cinematic soundscapes and menacing rock undertones creating an extra atmospheric edge.
Beyond their musical influence, 47SOUL are renowned as a voice on social and humanitarian issues – the band’s very name is an allusion to the year before the occupation of Palestine starting in 1948. Their lyrics, blending Arabic and English, call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality, not only in the “Sham” region (Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan), but around the world.
47SOUL 2019 TOUR
9/19 – Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts – Philadelphia, PA
9/21 – Globalquerque – Alberquerque, NM
9/22 – Starline Social Club – Oakland, CA
9/23 – KEXP Recording – Seattle, WA
9/24 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA
9/25 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
9/26 – Lotus Festival – Bloomington, IN
9/28 – Pop Montreal – Montreal, QC, Canada
10/2 – Union Stage – Washington, DC
10/3 – Lincoln Center – New York, NY
10/4 – World Music Collider – Pioneer Valley, MA
10/5 – Boston University Global Music Festival – Boston, MA
47SOUL is an Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) band formed in Amman Jordan in 2013. The members are rooted in Bilad Al-Sham, spanning the divides from Amman to the Galilee to Ramallah and the rest of the Palestinian Diaspora. This new sound of 47SOUL has rapidly amassed fans in the Arab World, Europe, and around the globe by blasting the electric Arabic Dabke sound through alternative and street music scenes. On top of the beats that have been pumping in the Arab World for centuries, 47SOUL hypes it up with analog synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, group vocals, and melodic verses from the bands’ singers. Every show ends in relentless dance and trance from all audiences involved. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call to celebrate and advance the struggle for freedom and equality, inside Bilad Al Sham and throughout the world.