47SOUL joins forces with Palestinian rappers The Synaptik & Tamer Nafar
20 July 2020
Release new single 'Run' off upcoming second album 'Semitics'
Following on from their high-energy and captivating music video for single Dabke System, which amassed over 1 million views in just three weeks, the Godfathers of ‘shamstep’ 47SOUL today release the cartoon video for trap influenced single RUN. The single features two of the founding fathers of Palestinian hip-hop; rapper, actor, film maker and social activist Tamer Nafar who founded the first ever Palestinian rap group DAM, and Palestinian-Jordanian rapper The Synaptik who started rapping as a teenager before going to medical school and then returning to music. RUN is the third single from 47 Soul’s highly anticipated new album SEMITICS and talks about the fast pace of life and trying to “keep the hustle but also avoid corruption in a corrupt environment”.
SEMITICS,47SOUL’s third release (and second full album) mixes stomping, no compromise dance music with powerful new songs and challenging, thoughtful lyrics in both Arabic and English, musically and lyrically much more daring than anything before.
Recorded in London, SEMITICSfeatures an impressive collection of London-based special guests from around the world, alongside The Synaptik and Tamer Nafar, the album includes: German-Chilean MC Fedzilla, British-Iraqi rapper Lowkey and British Palestinian rapper and singer Shadia Mansour. One real surprise is the celebrated multi-instrumentalist woodwind player Hasan Minawy who also features on the album.
ABOUT 47 SOUL:
47SOUL is an Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) collective formed in Amman Jordan in 2013. The members are rooted in Bilad Al-Sham, spanning the divides from Amman to the Galilee to Ramallah and the rest of the Palestinian Diaspora. This unique sound of 47SOUL mixing hip-hop, electronica and Middle Eastern melodies and styles has rapidly amassed fans globally. Last year, the collective performed over 160 shows, breaking barriers internationally which included a set for NPR's Tiny Desk, amassing over 100k views in the first week and gaining inclusion onto NPR’s 100 best songs of the year, just one of the many recognitions the last album received. Every show ends in relentless dance and trance from all audiences involved. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call to celebrate and advance the struggle for freedom and equality, inside Bilad Al Sham and throughout the world.
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