Atlas Soul is a multiple award-winning band performing original music that celebrates polyrhythm & melodies rooted in the Afro-Mediterranean traditions punched with organic deep funk, jazz and intelligent hip hop. Burning live performances with audience participation are their trademark!
They have played scores of major venues such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Festival International de Louisiane, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Joe’s Pub, Montreal Festival Nuits d’Afrique and more. They regularly sell out shows in the Boston area and beyond.
Atlas Soul’s core is a quintet but they love to invite a special guest musician or add a full horn section depending on the show! They features two outstanding lead vocalist, Regie Gibson an award winning poet, a percussionist and a natural power house performer and Jacques Pardo from France, a saxophonist, guitarist, composer and the band leader. Drummer extraordinary Zeke Martin and bassist Steve Davis “The groove master” hold the rhythm section along with Greek-American virtuoso guitarist Perry Bakalos.
They have won or placed the Independent Music Awards four times – including the 2013 IMA vox poll in 2 categories - as well as winning accolades from many other music contests (too many to be listed here..)
Atlas Soul sings in French, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew and English, making their performances truly cross-cultural music experiences. The lyrics speak of love, ecology, oppression, happiness, immigration, poverty, spicy food! The band has produced five CDs : Chamsa, Mabrouka, Maktoub, Live@Regattabar, and Gypsy Wind and two singles: We ‘re Atlas Soul and My Heart
Atlas Soul’s motto, world music for world peace, spells out its philosophical and political goal: to inspire world peace through a fusion of music and culture that gets people to the dance floor.