songs for freedom and peace

The creators of the style shamstep , the Palestinian band 47Soul , embark on a European tour to present their new album: ‘ Semitics’. Again, the trio repeats with the prestigious British label Cooking Vinil that has released the LP in 2020. 

This work contains critical lyrics sung in English, Arabic and even in Spanish that invite reflection; energetic and danceable music combined with shamstep melodies representing freedom, community and hope  and collaborations that enhance the band’s message. The result is that the album has been highlighted by international media, i Including Forbes Magazine , and selected in lists of the best of 2020 .

The beggining

When Palestinian artists Walaa Sbait, El Far3i, Z the People, and El Jehaz decided to put their individual careers on hold and join forces to form 47SOUL, few expected the meteoric rise they experienced with a hit debut EP, ‘Shamstep’. This work was followed by performances in Glastonbury, Roskilde, Womad, Womex, Boomtown, Bestival, reviews in the main international headers and national ( The country ), and a contract with the prestigious British label Cooking Vynil for his first LP.

They surprised the world with their own musical style: the Shamstep, a powerful fusion of traditional street music from the ‘Sham country’ (Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria), combined with electronic rhythms and influences from funk, hip hop and rock. 

The country of Sham

47SOUL members have their roots in Bilad Al-Sham, which spans the divisions from Amman to Galilee and Ramallah and the rest of the Palestinian diaspora. Based in England, they use the rhythms that have been sounding in Arab culture for centuries and exaggerate them with analog synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines and with the devastating verses of the three singers. Each show ends in a relentless dance and trance from all parties involved. His lyrics, which mix Arabic and English, demand celebration and freedom in the fight for equality, within Bilad Al Sham and around the world.

In 2018, they gave more than a hundred concerts around the world to present ‘Balfron Promise’. We were able to see them at La Mar de Músicas, Iboga Summer Festival, Atlantikaldia, Fira Mediterrània de Manresa, and Musika Bizian. In press, the band was highlighted, again, by the main media, The Guardian chose it as album of the month . Last 2019, they returned to tour the halls and festivals of Europe and America; in Spain they performed in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada and Donostia.