Raw Soul Express’ Thought-Provoking New Single ‘Fate of the World’

2021 has seen the return of the soul and funk force of nature that is Raw Soul Express. In watching the new video for their single ‘Fate of the World’, it’s easy to forget that the song itself was written some 25 years prior. Long-time bassist and vocalist, Albie Manno explains that when he was planning on making the video in 2019, he had no idea what the images would be. Manno claims that this new take on a classic reaffirms the band’s long held belief that their music should reflect the times.

‘Fate of the World’ isn’t afraid to deal with the big issues, with lyrics and themes touching on the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, global warming and the economy. However, it is not often that artists deal with such raw and current issues without appearing preachy. ‘Fate of the World’ prefers not to offer an opinion; instead it simply poses the question: ‘Is this the fate of the world?’

Rick Washington’s lead vocals shine through on this killer track with its ominous bass line and relentless drums from Harold Seay. The extraordinary musicianship of every member is obvious and the band’s years of experience playing together is evident. In a feat almost unheard of in the music industry, the band have retained the original line-up and remain as tight and talented as ever.

Raw Soul Express’ new single is raw, current and thought-provoking. If, like the band, you’re socially minded and you have a deep concern for the state of the world today, then watch the video above and decide for yourself if this really is the Fate of the World.

For more check out Raw Soul Express via the links below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rawsoulexpress/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rawsoulexpressofficial/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rawsoulexpress
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5e8PzKR7GtAtJzBVARpNv6
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-1CuwLYeBhEgXrsg_N5Tiw/videos

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‘Heartfelt and Soulful’ Layla Kardan on Being ‘Saved’ From The Conventions of her Heritage

The term ‘World Artist’ holds a meaning which resonates in a number of ways, but it might take a few moments to get your head around the cultural heritage of an artist who’s Belgian by birth with Iranian parentage, now an Australian national living and working in the UAE.  ‘Saved‘ is an impassioned and raw album from Layla Kardan which expresses themes of an unfeigned vulnerability transformed, breaking free from cultural shackles while also reflecting her upbringing.

Having been named ‘Emirates Woman Artist of the Year – 2017‘, Layla’s music has been described as ‘heartfelt and soulful’, as you might well imagine of an artist unveiling a very personal story detailing the rise of a woman from a regressive society. Marrying her smoky soulful voice with pop, jazz, Middle Eastern and R&B rhythms and melodies, Layla’s sound is evocative and achingly poignant – an international star with a global message.

The circumstances surrounding the social empowerment of a Middle Eastern woman becoming a musician in her own right is not one that is typical around the globe. Layla’s music deals specifically with a story of being ‘saved’ from these conventions – finding her own voice and spiritual balance and, furthermore, finding the courage to share this inner light with others.

Whether by coincidence or not, in utilising an interesting idea of predominantly using band members where they have no common language with Layla ensures that any communication between them is purely musical, which in turn amplifies the chemistry that draws them together and overcomes any prevalent cultural barriers to produce an isolated experience that transcends universally.



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