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47Soul ‘Balfron Promise’ Pre-Launch Party.jpg
Performing at London's Village Underground
Background information
Origin Jordan, Palestine
GenresMijwiz, Electronic, Shamstep
Years active2013–present

47Soul is a Palestinian Jordanian electronic music group who are one of the main forces behind the Shamstep electronic dance music movement in the Middle East. The band's first album, Shamstep, was released in 2015.[1][2]


The group formed in Jordan in 2013.[3] Their debut album Shamstep was released in 2015. In 2017, 47Soul released their second album Balfron Promise, which takes its name from the east London tower block Balfron Tower, where the record was created. It also refers to the Balfour Declaration of 1917 through which the British government committed itself to the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.[4] The group had been residents of Balfron Tower for two years while creating their album.[5] The album received 4 out of 5 stars in a January 2018 review in The Guardian.[3]

The band are playing at festivals in 2018 like Walthamstow Garden Party,[6] Fusion festival and Festival Med.[7] and NYU Abu Dhabi's Barzakh festival.[8]

On August 26, 2019, NPR released a video of 47Soul appearing on its "Tiny Desk Concerts".[9]

Band members[edit]

Musical style[edit]

47Soul's style, Shamstep, is based on mijwiz (a levantine folk musical style) and electronic dance. "Shamstep" is a portmanteau: 'Sham' refers to the levant region, which is locally referred to as "Bilad al-Sham", and 'step' refers to the musical style dubstep. The band's music is also associated with the traditional dance called Dabke.[4]


  1. ^ "How Jordanian musicians are finding success with new genres made in the Middle East". The National. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  2. ^ "Palestinian supergroup 47Soul stay true to their roots". The National. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  3. ^ a b Denselow, Robin (2018-01-25). "47Soul: Balfron Promise review – high-energy shamstep and cheerful protest tunes". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  4. ^ a b "The Quietus | News | LIVE REPORT: 47SOUL at Jazz Cafe". The Quietus. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  5. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  6. ^ "Line up for this year's garden party announced by the Barbican". East London and West Essex Guardian Series. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  7. ^ "47Soul". Songkick. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  8. ^ "Barzakh Festival — 47SOUL and Pedro Coquenão / Batida". Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  9. ^ "47SOUL: Tiny Desk Concert". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-08-27.