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Influences: Middle Eastern , African
Genres: funk, fusion high life
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Soznak 2019

Smoking vocals, booting brass, sparkling guitar, funky bass and drums

A high energy fusion of Congolese Rumba, Northern Brass, Ska, Afrobeat jive and jazz and 80s disco is guaranteed to get you dancing in the street or in the club or at your wedding.... Soznak is instant party anywhere. Soznak from Newcastle upon Tyne, has toured Rumania, Ireland and the UK.

Band members 2019

Yannick Tshitshi Drums, Prince Shabani vocals, Adam Sams Bass Guitar, Steve Mounter Trombone, David Gray trombone, Brad Hanson trumpet, Graham Robinson vocals Tenor Sax, , Grace Tonkinson Sharp Vocals Jude Murphy vocals flute Paul Miskin Band leader flugel keys guita

Hear what the critics say.

Fresh, funky, hugely entertaining and totally, uniquely, wonderfully themselves. A taut and highly accomplished set of songs Con Murphy global music culture

Colorfull big bold and ebullientMichael quin Irish times

Soznak, based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, include musicians from Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Iran, Iraq, Ireland and Spain. All these musical styles flow together nicely, lubricated with wit, charm and good humour.

Jamie Renton Froots

What a truly wonderful little gem this Soznak album is! I've been sat here with a broad grin on my face:

Ian Anderson Editor: fRoots Magazine wrote: At 00:39 +0100 15/4/09

A life-affirming synthesis of the collective musical heritage of its various band constituents. There are strong elements of soukous and Afro-Cuban strands but other musical ingredients surface through the mix, derived from Spain, Latin America, Angola, Congo. Kwa Zulu—Natal, Cameroon, Iran, Iraq, and Ireland.

How did such a richly contrasting sound develop outside of London? Well, Newcastle upon Tyne benefits from a varied Influx or culturally talented po]itical refugees and Soznak Is an exciting product or that Increasing ethnic diversity In the North-East of England; creating a unique and joyful sound. The rich blend of styles in the music connects the breadth of cultural interplay among the band members who have made their homes in Newcastle. During regular al fresco street gigs Soznak has had the city dancing to many world beats. Regular street performances to an average cross section of the population have created a tight ensemble and an extensive shared musical vocabulary that can please audiences as complex demographically as the band .Jamie Renton F roots

The more I listen the more I'm drawn into this sound collision, this multicultural masala sound roots