Soothsayers’ live performances are where the band take their organic unique and universally uplifting afro – dub sound to the next level combining high quality musicianship with a lyrical message, warm sonics and irresistible dance grooves. Soothsayers have performed at an impressive list of festivals, venues and theatres including Rototom Festival (Spain), WOMAD, The North Sea Jazz Festival, Dhaka World Music Festival, London Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Barbados World Music Festival.
Live radio sessions include BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, JazzFM and more.
Soothsayers’ reputation as a great live band and innovative studio producers has led to collaborations with top quality artists including a host of world famous Jamaicans like Johnny Clarke, Cornel Campbell, Michael Prophet, Little Roy as well as great work with UK based artists Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, Earl 16 and Manasseh. Soothsayers’ band leaders Idris Rahman and Robin Hopcraft have also lent their skills to an array of other projects including Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA, Arun Ghosh, Aswad, Anoushka Shankar, “Fela” The Musical and the National Theatre and many more.
The secret of Soothsayers’ longevity is down to the band’s evolution, keeping them relevant in changing times. Top quality song writing that exudes a joy of music and life that lyrically reflects on social problems and political pitfalls.
“ precise, melodic vocals with intricate horn led arrangements …the mood is defiant and joyous …. delightful” – Uncut Magazine
“The best thing about Soothsayers is that their sound constantly evolves…the defining element is now three part vocal harmony, which sweetens much of the work…the album’s overall feeling is one of optimism, and a belief that love conquers all.” – Riddim magazine
“One of the finest slices of a Anglo Caribbean fusion since The Specials in their prime……artfully mixing in funk and Afrobeat to their deep dub” – The Guardian: ****
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