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The Souljazz Orchestra’s debut album “Freedom No Go Die” (Do Right!, 2007) has received great reviews from critics and fans alike. Its opening track reaching the Top 10 of the year on Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 1 show, as voted by the listeners. “Freedom No Go Die” also became one of the biggest selling afrobeat albums of the year in France. It has been featured on numerous compilations and has managed to climb charts not only at home but abroad as well. Since the release of “Freedom No Go Die”, the Souljazz Orchestra has been tirelessly touring the festival circuit across Europe and Canada, amassing quite an international following.

The band now returns in full force with their new album “Manifesto”. Building on the success of their previous effort, the Souljazz Orchestra has upped the ante with this latest album. “Manifesto” reflects the various influences picked up from the band’s travels across the globe, making for a uniquely rich array of sounds. Their powerful chants, majestic brass, overheated organs, chicken-scratch guitars, hypnotic bass and polyrhythmic percussion work mix tropical funk and spiritual jazz to the band’s signature militant afrobeat. The Souljazz Orchestra also cast their net wider with this latest effort, delving into the traditions of ancient folk tales and spirituality, while keeping their message politically conscious.

Now in their seventh year as a band, the multicultural collective from Ottawa, Canada, has had the honour of sharing the stage with the likes of Femi Kuti, Etta James and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. They have performed to crowds in venues around the globe, including France, England, Scotland, Denmark, Austria, Hungary and the United States. “Manifesto” is the fruit of the Souljazz Orchestra’s relentless touring, containing songs that have developed organically over the course of hundreds of live performances.


01. Parasite
02. Kapital
03. People, People
04. State Terrorism
05. Interested Benevolence
06. Grasshopper & Toad
07. Amen

The album Souljazz OrchestraManifesto” (Do Right! Music) is going to be released November 17, 2008.

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