47SOUL are one of the most promising rising stars from the Middle East. They present the world their own and unique music genre called ‚Shamstep‘ - a powerful mix of traditional street music from the 'Sham'-region (Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria) combined with deep electronic beats and influences from funk, hip-hop and rock. 47SOUL connect melodies that have been echoing through the Arab World for centuries with analogue synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, and verses in both Arabic and English.
Their first hit single “Intro to Shamstep” has reached over 7 million views on Youtube and 47SOUL are a also unique experience live, since every single show ends in relentless and trancelike dances both on stage and in the (mostly young) crowd.
After founding the group in Jordan in 2013 and releasing the first tracks in the Middle East – the four talented musicians have found their new home in London. They already completed four UK festival tours (e.g. Glastonbury, Womad, Boomtown Fair, Bestival) and sold out shows at some of London’s best music venues. In Europe too 47SOUL were able to convince crowds on festivals like Roskilde Festival, Esperanzah, Amsterdam Roots or c/o Pop.
After the successful ‘Shamstep’ EP, their highly anticipated first album ‘Balfron Promise’ was released in February 2018. The album and themes are inspired by both modern-day London and the 100 year-old politics of the Middle East which still influences 47SOUL’s story today. Socially relevant and lyrically clever, ‘Balfron Promise’ covers all elements of a transboundary and pulsating freedom-of-movement music album. We invite you to join us and the band on this exciting journey!
DE.VILLE is a half Quebec, half Moroccan duo, comprised of the musician and producer simonpierre and the singer Ziad Qoulaii. Their melancholy sound and their hard-hitting bass and percussion pair well with Ziad’s unique vocals. DE.VILLE borrows from Raï, North Afri- can and West African music while fully identified with Montreal’s music scene. With a linguistic repertoire consisting of Darija, classical Arabic, French, English and Swahili, the multicultural aspect of the project reflects the reality of Quebec and is a reaction to the obsolete classification that is “world music”. In short, these heavy beats are difficult to categorize into a genre.