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!earshot charts - top 20 international of 2015

1 The Souljazz OrchestraCan Con
Resistance- (Do Right! Music)
http://www.souljazzorchestra.comn @souljazzorch

Thousands upon thousands of people have dropped the needle on Resistance, the seventh full-length album of Ottawa’s The Souljazz Orchestra.  It’s been a whirlwind run this past year in top spot on the International charts and with good reason. Pierre Chretien and the rest of the global troubadours of Souljazz havedished up their trademark, driving dance floor jams, with new rhythmic badness.  Resistance is also their first full vocal album with members of the band taking a turn at the lead. 

The Souljazz Orchestra seems to have a keen understanding of the history of the music they draw from and its intention.  They blend African and French Caribbean rhythm with soul and jazz to highlight songs that emphasize positive political change for today. Then they turn it into a giant dance party.  What better way is there to get a message across? “Bull’s Eye” is a heavy afro track that was inspired by the Occupy movement on Wall Street.  “Shock and Awe” is a rapid spitfire song that incorporates the heavy percussiveness of Coupe Decale.  The album winds up with a very soulful “It’s Gonna Rain”.

The Souljazz Orchestra is a heavy touring band that have been playing together for 13 years making them supremely tight, yet not predictable. The New Year is staring to fill up with tour dates and will bring The Souljazz Orchestra to Africa for the first time.

By Shelley Gummeson

Read the review of Resistance by Steve Marlow
Read Shelley's intervew with The Souljazz Orchestra

All Chart appearances for Resistance
14 weeks at #1 (August 11 to November 17, 2015)

Asterisk (*) denotes Canadian artists. All !earshot charts in this issue reflect actual airplay on campus/community stations from January to December 2015. Charts are weighted according to broadcast range and market size. To view older charts from as far back as 1999, go to our charts main page.

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Rank Artist Title Label
1 The Souljazz Orchestra * Resistance Do Right! Music
2 Eccodek * Remixing In Tongues Big Mind
3 Alex Cuba * Healer Fontana North
4 Buena Vista Social Club Lost & Found World Circuit
5 Exco Levi * Country Man Penthouse
6 Bomba Estereo Amancer Sony
7 Lemon Bucket Orkestra * Moorka Self-Released
8 Kaisha Lee * I Heart Reggae Self-Released
9 Autorickshaw * The Humours of Autorickshaw Self-Released
10 Quitapenas Quitapenas Mas Tropical
11 Khiyo Khiyo: Bengali Music with a London Sound ARC Music
12 Sultans of String with Anwar Kurshid* Subcontinental Drift Self-Released
13 Daym� Arocena Nueva Era Brownswood Recordings
14 Dengue Fever The Deepest Lake Tuk Tuk
15 Jerusalem In My Heart * If He Dies, If If If If If If Constellation
16 Pierre Kwenders * Le dernier empereur bantou Bonsound
17 Boogat * Neo-Reconquista Maisonnette
18 Mbongwana Star From Kinshasa World Circuit
19 Jesse Cook One World eOne Music (E1)
20 Flavia Coelho Mundo Meu Mr. Bongo

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