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TRADITION. INCLUSION. CELEBRATION. West-African Music Meets Celtic Music Meets Funk.
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About Soulsha / Our Debut Album 

Soulsha is a party, a revolution, and an adventure through different traditions. It’s a band that brings together some of America’s top musicians in Scottish, Senegalese, and Funk music.

The band formed through a series of serendipitous meetings in the thriving multi-cultural melting pot of Boston. Many of the members are virtuosic and highly esteemed tradition-bearers in their styles. Soulsha is about people who come from different traditions making music together in a spirit of joy and collaboration. We aim to not lose the elements that make our different traditions beautiful, but instead find ways to have a conversation through them, creating music that is deep, moving, and above all REALLY FUN. We want to break down all the boundaries, moving our audiences to abandon their assumptions as they lose themselves on the dance floor.

We’ve performed at festivals and in concert halls up and down the East Coast, and spent many hours learning from each other and creating music together. 

We are finally ready to record our first full length album!

Who is Soulsha?

  • Elias Alexander - Bagpipes/Fiddle/Whistle/Vocals
  • Lamine Touré - Sabar Drums/Vocals
  • Neil Pearlman - Keyboards/Accordion/Mandolin/Vocals
  • Conor Hearn - Acoustic and Electric Guitars/Vocals
  • Dylan Sherry - Saxophones/Vocals
  • Jake Galloway - Trumpet/Vocals
  • Charles Berthoud - Bass
  • Chris Southiere - Drums
  • Trisha Mandel - Manager
  • Yann Falquet - Producer
  • Alasdair White - Guest Fiddle

Where is the Money Going?

Join the Afro-Celtic Funk revolution! Your donations will be crucial to funding the creation of this new music. Our goal of $15,000 covers the basic costs for this album and breaks down like this: 

  • Studio Costs: $5000
  • Mixing / Mastering: $3000
  • Art / Photography: $1300
  • Housing: $700
  • Promotion: $2000
  • CD Manufacturing: $1500
  • Processing Fees: $1500

If we are lucky enough to raise more than our goal the extra money will not go to waste! We have several additional expenses, mostly associated with a publicity campaign around the album but also including fees for guest artists, food for everyone while spending long days in the studio and more. For this reason we are setting a stretch goal of $23,000 which would allow us to cover absolutely everything.  

More about the project:

This album will be tracked at Wellspring Sound Studio in Acton, MA. We'll be working with a great engineer named Jake Lummus from New York City. We'll be tracking the album mostly live, taking advantage of the many isolation spaces the studio offers. We are very excited to have Alasdair White of the Battlefield Band joining us on fiddle. 

Also joining us as co-producer will be guitarist and dumpling chef extraordinaire Yann Falquet of Genticorum. 

We're excited to begin!

Update! Soulsha T-Shirts and Hats!

We could all use a little more "Tradition. Inclusion. Celebration." in our lives!  

Check out the Soulsha T-Shirts and Tank Tops you can choose as a reward when you back this project.

You could also walk away with one of our new Soulsha Hats as a thank you for donating to our campaign.

Risks and challenges

As with any major project, creating an album frequently runs into unexpected delays/challenges. We expect to get the album out to Kickstarter supporters in April or May of 2019 but there is always a chance of that getting pushed back if an unanticipated challenge is particularly time consuming. We will definitely be making and finishing the album if this project is funded so the only “risks” are with regard to delays in production.

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    Physical CD (PRE-RELEASE)

    A physical copy of the new CD including liner notes mailed to your home! + download link.

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    T-Shirt & Album

    One of our super soft t-shirts! Chose from several styles. We will contact you for shirt size, color and design choice. + Physical CD + Download link.

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    Hat & Album

    A stylish black trucker hat displaying "Soulsha: Afro-Celtic Funk" and our logo. + Physical CD + download link.

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    T-Shirt, Hat & Album

    One of our super soft t-shirts, and one of our stylish trucker caps! Chose from several styles of t-shirt. Hat displays "Soulsha: Afro-Celtic Funk" and our logo. We will contact you for shirt size, color and design choice. + Physical CD + Download link.

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    Signed Poster, T-Shirt, Hat & 2 Albums

    A Limited Edition Signed Poster with photo of the band + t-shirt + hat + 2 copies of the album + download link.

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    Skype Lesson

    A 45-min Skype lesson with a band member of your choice + Limited Edition Signed Poster with photo of the band + t-shirt + hat + Physical album + Download link.

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    VIP Tickets to Release Show

    2 tickets to our CD Release show in Boston and an invitation to the afterparty, + Limited Edition Signed Poster + t-shirt + hat + 2 copies of the album + download link.

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    Be in a Video!

    We'll put you in our next music video! Wear your craziest outfit and come dance with us! + 2 tickets to our CD Release show in Boston and an invitation to the afterparty + Limited Edition Signed Poster + t-shirt + hat + 2 copies of the album + Download link.

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    Sit in on a Rehearsal

    Soulsha rehearses in Arlington, MA. Come by and hang out while we go through our process of creating new music, and watch how it all happens. We’ll provide beer for you! You'll also get to be in the next music video +2 tickets to our CD Release show in Boston and an invitation to the afterparty + Limited Edition Signed Poster + t-shirt + hat + 2 copies of the album + download link.

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    Tune for You

    We’ll write a tune for you, work it into one of our arrangements, and perform it as a band! + 2 tickets to our CD Release show in Boston and an invitation to the afterparty + Limited Edition Signed Poster + t-shirt + hat + 2 copies of the album + download link.

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    House Concert/Party

    We’ll perform a House Concert/Party for you and your guests! (Transportation outside of the Boston area not included.) + 2 tickets to our CD Release show in Boston and an invitation to the afterparty + Limited Edition Signed Poster + t-shirt + hat + 2 copies of the album + download link.

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