Soul:ID - Biography

The Soul:ID story begins in Africa (Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda to be exact) where three-quarters of the band originate. Their journeys brought them together in Brussels, Belgium where after years of working as studio musicians and backing vocalists, they decided it was their time to step into the spotlight. The result of their combined talent is the album 'Sex Love & Philosophy', first released in USA (on respected label ABB) and Japan.

While their sound may be considered in the same musical sphere as Jill Scott, Sa-Ra, D'Angelo and Platinum Pied Pipers, Soul:ID is more than just a band. Their unique story has given shape to a concept – dubbed "Afropean Soul" – which reflects their virtues and beliefs. Soul:ID tells the story of today's African and Afro-Europeans overcoming ethnic, social and economical barriers while promoting positive messages and images of what functioning multiculturalism can achieve. Soul:ID is a product of this African/European renaissance and recognize the importance of celebrating it.

From the sublime single 'Love Of My Life' to the to the boom bap of 'How Comes', the foursome never lose touch with their objective of producing real Afropean Soul – most evident on their genius flip of Spandau Ballet's classic 'True'.

After having been the first urban act ever to play Rwanda, Soul:ID have been labelled 'Ambassadors of Peace'. It is their intention to be a synonym for a more peaceful and beautiful synergy of mixing cultures beyond the borders of ethnicity or social, mental and geographical borders. One of the group's plans is to put together an initiative for peace coming from the cultural sector rather than the political one. There are in discussions to organize a series of free festivals in the three capitals Kigali, Bujumbura and Kinshasa attracting international attention to the areas and improving the local economy and culture.

The group consists of producer Urban Deep, the hip-hop drumming naughty boy and the nucleus of Soul:ID, Tchaï, the beautiful soul-loving songstress with a golden voice, V, the stylish, soul-sensitive singer / producer and creative mad scientist and Dad'D, the old-school crooner / producer who brings a peaceful balance to the group. The name Soul:ID was chosen to highlight a coalescence of four different artistic and personal identities joining forces around their common love for soul music.

In the time they've been together as a group, Soul:ID has worked with many notable international acts such touring with world-rhythm pioneer Zap Mama throughout Europe, headlined the legendary Jazz Café in London, and individually worked with artists like Wyclef Jean, Craig David, Robert Palmer and Youssou N'Dour.

Soul:ID - Biography

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