Line up 2022: 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. Grown up in Haifa, Ramallah and Washington the four Palestinian musicians moved to London to materialise their idea of a common band.
From London 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.