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Videos of the Week: Souljazz Orchestra keepin’ the fiyah

By Devora Cascante on September 18, 2015

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We’re pretty big fans of The Souljazz Orchestra around here. And with news of the band’s latest release, Resistance, available now, we couldn’t help sharing not one, but two of the videos off the album.

The first, “Shock and Awe”, was filmed on the Harmer overpass in Hintonburg and introduces us to the sounds of Coupé-Décalé music – celebrating people power with ruckus. Bandleader Pierre Chrétien explains, “It’s a dope style of electronic dance music that came out of the Ivory Coast and the Ivoirian community of Paris recently enough, and it’s now taking the rest of the world by storm… Mind you, we kinda flip the genre around, and do it in our own raw, rugged, organic way, on trad instruments – but we keep the fiyah!”

Indeed, although the best is when they all step aside to let a pedestrian through. Have a look:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t55W-A9woeE[/youtube]

The second release is “Courage”. This French language track brings in some French Caribbean and Francophone West African influences. The video is charming and beautiful. Shot on the streets of Montreal, it’s a collection of the band’s home videos, drawing from the events surrounding their performance at the 2015 Montreal Jazz Fest. You’ll see images from the Carifiesta Caribbean parade and the Tam-Tam Jam on Mount Royal.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXUBxdPypmg[/youtube]

The Souljazz Orchestra are kicking off an international release tour at Babylon on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Doors at 10pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. Check out their FB event page for more info.