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Bahama Soul Club – Bohemia After Dawn

Central element of the music of Bahama Soul Club is the percussion. This is no coincidence, because this formation was founded by Oliver Belz, a dedicated percussionist. Second in the group is keyboardist André Neundorf.

Together they released Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz (2008), Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky (2010), Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky Remixed (2013), The Cuban Tapes (2013), and Havana ’58 (2016). This year they are back with Bohemia After Dawn.

Additional artists on this edition are York (sax, flutes), Ralli King (guitar), Holger Stonjek (bass), Lars Lehmann (bass), Maike Jacobs (vocals), Claus Hartisch (guitar, bass), and Bela Heine (guitar). All tracks are written and performed by Oliver Belz and André Neundorf.

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Bahama Soul Club – Bohemia After Dawn

Bohemia After Dawn, the soundtrack of a lifestyle compiled in 12 sun soaked songs. After an endless time of silence around the German Nu-Jazz outfit they’re back! Laid back and lovely, matured and mellow to spoil us with their uber-cool vibe coming directly from the breezy Algarve. Bahama Soul Club’s 5th album draws deep inspiration from the multicultural verve of young worldly folk drawn to the Bohemian coasts of the most southwestern part of Europe, where hippiesque hedonism, infinite musical diversity, and offbeat enchanted lifestyles fuel the scene.

„From countless ideas and numerous demos over the past four years, we handpicked those few songs that shone the brightest. “2018 saw a single release ‘Never Roam No More’ featuring the legendary John Lee Hooker. 2019 ‘Aint Nobody’s Business’ featuring Billie Holiday hit the scene. Another real legend, Sister Wynona Carr is featured on ‘Tears Run Down’. „Increasingly during production we became aware of the amazing complexity of local artists, talented individuals to be found performing all day and night in the bars and near the beaches. It would take more than a couple of albums to bring these troubadours together. So there are exciting ideas for the future!

For this album we began with just few, an eclectic mix, we found our studio blessed with some serious vibes. Josephine Nightingale ‘Mercy Me’, ‘Castelejo’ and Taly Minkov-Louzeiro ‘Troubles all be gone’. The ultimate track on the album ‘Castelejo’ is dear to our hearts and an homage to the late Vitor Hugo, featuring Rui Correia on accordeon and vocals by Cutty Wren and Hedvig Larsson. These artists are from the local neighborhood, quite literally across the lane. What a blessing, what a discovery!

Last but not least … One of the most exciting voices in the Bahama Soul Club family so far … an ongoing love, Cuban artist Arema Arega is somewhat a permanent feature and shows her talents in ‘Mango’ and ‘Alma Sola’. As if this weren’t enough we’re more than proud to announce two cool remixes from the masters of the scene: Mighty Club des Belugas and SMOOVE himself! Nuff said.

Bohemia After Dawn, matured for 4 sunny years, doesn’t say “Hey, please like me”. It is just there, in its simple beauty, unobtrusive yet quietly confident. Every song shaped to the max, no compromises. Promise! Available everywhere or here.

Bahama Soul Club – Havana ’58

Bahama Soul Club is a project by producer and percussionist Oliver Belz. Oliver lives in Braunschweig, the musical silicon valley of Germany. Groups like Dancing Fantasy, Blue Knights, Jazzkantine, D-Phunk, Bahama Soul Club and many more have their origin in this German city.

Oliver started the project in 2008 with the album Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz. He returned in 2010 with Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky, added in 2013 Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky Remixed and followed in 2013 with The Cuban Tapes.

November 2016 sees the new edition with Havana ’58. All tracks are written and performed by Oliver and keyboardist André Neundorf. Additional musicians on selected tracks are Ralli King (guitar), York (sax), Thomas Wolter (orchestra), Lars Lehmann and Helge Preuss (bass). The group describes their style as Afro-Cuban jazz, but with the original style of the fifties and sixties their music has at best in common just the inspiration. It is a groundbreaking conglomerate of Bossa nova, rumba, jazz and much, very much modern beat.

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