Elouise Burrell Project
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Elouise Burrell Project

Oakland, California, United States | INDIE | AFM

Oakland, California, United States | INDIE | AFM
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®“To hear them play is not only to be entertained, but educated and encouraged to spread a philosophy of unity among all people. They won over the crowd body and soul.” Patrick Taylor, Laney Tower.

®“The combination of Elouise's lovely soprano voice, peppered with the pathos of African history - the first hand experience that comes from growing up in the deep South - with that of a man who'd lived in a similar belly of the beast was a combination that couldn't lose”-Wanda Sabir, SF Bayview Express.

® Amandla Poets “ have inherited Mahlathini's torch and have taken on his mission of bringing the message to the masses… belting out its own kind of mbaqanga, which melds American R&B, world beat, and African reggae. ...spice up this eclectic mix with soulful vocals, a teaspoon of rap, and catchy yet politically weighted lyrics…inspire thought -- and a little booty-shaking.”-Night & Day, SF Weekly

®“Menell hired Amandla Poets to perform at his 60th birthday party and said the 300-strong crowd was "knocked out." A friend who had never danced before because of a cultural prohibition, broke down and kicked up her heels. "They were responding to the sheer brilliance and cohesiveness,"-Jo Menel, Documentary Filmmaker and fan of South African Music
- Various


Discography

"Still Walkin'" – 2009 CD Lead Vox
“Word Music” – 2008 CD Bkgrd Vox
“Eye of the Storm” – 2005 CD (Iyami Ile Lead Vox)
"Khawuleza" – 2004 CD Lead & Bkgrd Vox
“Djeli- The Storyteller” – 2004 CD Bkgrd Vox
“Give It To The People” – 2004 CD Bkgrd Vox
“A Million Stars” – 2004 CD Bkgrd Vox
“Playing For Keeps” – 2003 CD Bkgrd Vox
“This Land Is Your Land” – 2002 CD Lead & Bkgrd Vox
"Say Your Business" – 2001 CD Lead & Bkgrd Vox
"Hippity Hop" – 1999 CD Lead & Bkgrd Vox
“Shadow” – 1999 CD Bkgrd Vox
“Multiheaded Heart” – 1999 CD Bkgrd Vox
"Front Porch Music" – 1998 CD Lead & Bkgrd Vox
“Meet Me Where The Blues Play” – 1998 CD Bkgrd Vox
“Panajota” – 1998 CD Bkgrd Vox
“Circle of Women” – 1997 CD Lead & Bkgrd Vox
"Shakin' A Tail Feather" – 1996 CD Lead & Bkgrd Vox
"Makube Njalo" – 1994 CD Lead & Bkgrd Vox
"Good Time, A Good Time" – 1994 CD Lead & Bkgrd Vox
“Sawale” – 1992 CD Bkgrd Vox
“Once Uopn Reality” – 1988 Cassette Musical Soundtrack Lead & Bkgrd Vox
“It’s Alright” – 1987 Double-sided EP Lead & Bkgrd Vox
“The Cream Always Rises To The Top” – 1985 Double-sided 7’ Lead & Bkgrd Vox
“Thinkin’ About SEX – 1984 Double-sided EP Lead & Bkgrd Vox

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Elouise Burrell has performed since 1985 as a lead vocalist with her projects such as The Elouise Burrell Band, Trickle Down, The Amandla Poets, Linda Tillery and The Cultral heritgaeg Choir, Kelly Orphan Project, Ojala-Afro Cuban Ensemble, Kotoja, and The West African Highlife Band. Collaborating various song writing partners, Texas born songwriter/arranger/vocalist and choreographer Elouise Burrell Project (EBP), brings forth a full stage show of music , dance and vocal harmonies reminiscent of the early performances of Cassandra Wilson, Mary Stallings and Nina Freeland. She has warmed-up concerts for such performers as Third World, Culture, Taj Mahal, Kanda Bongo Man, Lucky Dube, McCoy Tyner, Maria Muldaur, Narada Michael Walden, Israel Vibrations and others.

In performances throughout Europe, Canada and the United States at fairs, music and arts festivals to public radio showcases, theaters, concert halls, and arts & culture centers, Burrell’s music career is solidly rooted in the syncopated style of african, afro-cuban, rhythm and blues and jazz rhythms from her lifelong run of performances. The current Elouise Burrell Project blends funky jazz harmonies, soulful and balladic vocals into an international sound made popular by artist like Ruben Blades, Dee Dee Bridgewater. Baba Maal and Angelique Kidjo.

Music has been povital to Burrell's efforts as a musical ambassador to inspire and entertain fans around the world. Performing with a group of musicians whose ethnic heritage spans the globe, the EBP practices what it preaches, consisting of musicians/artists from Sweden, Suriname, Nigeria, Cuba, Uraguay, Morroco, North America and South America.