Soothsayers have a unique and universally appealing sound, born out of the traditions of Afro-beat, Reggae and Jazz and created with a desire to uplift, inspire, challenge and touch. Over the past decade or more, Soothsayers have led the way with both live and recorded music, creating ‘Afro-dub’ - a style which has influenced a growing number of bands and artists from London to New York and beyond.
Soothsayers’ music contains deep, hypnotic grooves, punctuated by emotive horn lines and sublime vocal harmonies. Lyrically conscious, Soothsayers create a deep and spiritual musical experience, and have built up a loyal fan base through their consistently high quality live performances around the world and their expanding catalogue of vinyl and cd releases on their own Red Earth label. Comparisons to the work of the Wailers and Fela Kuti go some way to describing the Soothsayers’ sound, but originality is the key to the continuing success and longevity of the group.
From performances at top UK festivals and venues such as Glastonbury and the Jazz Café, London, to International events such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, and recently the first Dhaka World Music Festival, Soothsayers are spreading their message to an ever-expanding audience.
Collaborations with a growing list of top quality artists including Johnny Clarke, Cornell Campbell, Manasseh, Maxi Jazz, Keziah Jones, Michael Prophet and more, and involvement in 5 star productions such as the recent hit musical Fela! in London’s National Theatre have served to create a growing awareness of the work of these talented and versatile musicians.
With several vinyl releases planned this year, the fifth studio album scheduled for release in early 2012, and more high profile performances planned in the UK and around the world, Soothsayers seem to be an unstoppable force.
‘A heady sonic brew, crafted in the best jazz tradition by drawing respectfully from disparate elements…the album is full of irresistibly funky grooves, intricate percussion, virtuoso vocals, elaborate guitar lines and swinging horns, with meaningful lyrics and uncommon vocal arrangements raising the overall musical standard one level higher.’ Mojo ****
‘Thrilling harmonies…seriously infectious dance floor grooves…goose bump inducing vocals.’ The Guardian
‘An impressive mosaic of Afrobeat, dub and funky fusion…dynamic volleys of call and response…cascading horn riffs and melodies.’ Echoes
‘Tangled Roots shows how exciting and diverse things get when you hold a mirror up to London’s musical melting pot.’ Jazzwise ****
‘The eclectic blend works perfectly with the sound being organic and unique. It reflects the diverse cultural influences in modern urban Britain and you can imagine the music fitting in on dance floors in South London, Kingston, Lagos or Accra. Infectious, funky and great fun!’ BBC Radio 3