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Creators of the ‘Shamstep’ / Cheerful protest tunes / One of the most successful electronic hip-hop bands from the Middle East / Must-listen world music regarding The Guardian /  Success at Womad and Glastonbury Fest

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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 and Europe by blasting the electric Arabic Dabke sound through underground music scenes. On top of the beats that have been bumping in the Arab World for centuries, 47SOUL hypes it up with analog synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, and shattering verses from the four singers. Every show ends in relentless dance and trance from all parties involved.


Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality, inside Bilad Al Sham and throughout the world. The current lineup of 2016 includes: Z the People (vocals & synths), El Far3i (darouka, Mc/Vocals), Walaa Sbeit (percussion, Mc/vocals) and El Jehaz (guitar & vocals).

“Formé à Amman (Jordanie), en 2013, après quelques échanges sur la Toile, 47SOUL réunit de jeunes trentenaires qui ont la niaque et une force de persuasion imparable sur scène.”—Le Monde


“they specialise in a style they call shamstep, a cheerfully wide-screen fusion of electronic hip-hop and traditional dabke dance music, mixed in with a dash of reggae, with sturdy melodies and chanting vocals from the four singers. They play synthesisers, drum machines, guitars and Arabic percussion, and are impressive live performers, as they proved at 2016’s Womad. This is high-energy music with a message that’s delivered in both Arabic and English.”—The Guardian


“Despite – or, rather, because of – their distinct musical backgrounds, together these four “brothers” have brokered a border­less, genre-less sound by focusing on the one thing they have in common – repurposing the region’s traditional dabke street dance into frenzied 21st-century electronica.”—The National


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