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United in the heart of Richmond Virginia, Jouwala Collective blends World Music, traditional African and spiritual songs characterized by gnawa trance and rhythms, with modern influences of Funk, Jam, Jazz, Rock, Soul, Reggae, Dub, Blues, Latin, Chaabi and Electronic.
Eerie Synth notes create a soft background over which are laid tribal tones of instruments from a world away (Ismail’s Gimbri, Abe’s Loutar and Kevin’s tablas) resulting in an atmosphere of spiritual healing. Incredibly fast, dynamic Drum rhythms keep your feet moving while the overall sound holds you in a dreamlike trance. Electric guitars and Rock themes interweave so that the mood, and the room, can be trance-formed immediately and without warning.
In their time together, Jouwala Collective has performed with internationally celebrated Drummie Zeb, Jeff Franca of Theivery Corporation and successfully supported The Wailers, Dopapod, Pimps of joy time, Turkuaz, People’s blues of Richmond and The Mantras. They have aired on Radio Mogador, WRIR Richmond, Jam and Radio Rubber Room, as well as being featured in RVA Magazine, Jamwish magazine, Fusicology. The group draws inspiration and musical influence from Hmida Boussou, Fela Kuti, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, and Miles Davis to name a few. The band is private party to any venue from festival stage, to packed music house to seated concert halls. They have even showcased their music at International Embassies.
The band is currently hard at work recording their debut album with Grammy award winning engineer Neil Cappelino, which they hope to release in mid 2017. In the meantime, and as always, the guys are busy writing new material, performing and finding new ways to incorporate their music in fresh and exciting ways.