Line up 2020: 47SOUL
by Miriam Rossius
47SOUL turn every dancefloor into a political arena. They want to make the audience dance madly, but also remind them what’s going on around the world: escape, expulsion, travel ban. How is it possible that four Palestinian musicians who partly even live very close nearby are not able to visit each other?
To materialise their idea of a common band they all had to move to London. From there their self-created genre started its success: Shamstep – a fusion of traditional Arabic rhythms of the „Sham“ region (Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria), electronic beats and influences from hip hop, funk, rock. Crucial element is the folk dance Dabke which they boost into the 21st century, supported by synthesiser sounds, hypnotic guitar lines, lyrics in Arabic and English. „47Soul are a unique live band“ as judged by music critic Kerstin Poppendieck in German national radio Deutschlandfunk Kultur.