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The Soul Motivators with Nile Groove & DJ Scott C
The Soul Motivators are a premier funk outfit based in Toronto. A staple of the Canadian funk scene, the Motivators blend 70s funk, modern soul, psychedelic grooves and breakbeats to provide a fresh take on a classic sound.
Since the release of their explosive 2015 full-length debut Free to Believe (Do Right Music), The Soul Motivators have tirelessly toured to bring their high-octane live show to the masses. They continue to push the boundaries of funk through the acclaimed Dirt On the Floor EP and collaborations with Detroit-based Funk Night Records on two one-off 7” vinyl releases that are highly sought-after in the collector scene. Now, The Soul Motivators are touring behind their much-anticipated sophomore album Do The Damn Thing, featuring powerhouse frontwoman Shahi Teruko who has been touring with the band for the past two years. The core of the band consists of Teruko (vocals), James Robinson (keys), Marc Shapiro (bass), Voltaire Ramos (guitar), Doug Melville (drums), and Derek Thorne (percussion).
The Soul Motivators have shared stages with funk and soul greats like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Lee Fields, Bernie Worrell, and Third Coast Kings. They have electrified crowds at Toronto Jazz Festival, The Beaches Jazz Festival, Pan American Games, and TEDx. Radio DJs around the world including Craig Charles of BBC Radio 6 have embraced their uniquely Canadian funk sound.
“cerebral and body-rocking…the Soul Motivators’ sonic path is just taking flight.”
~ Matt Bauer, Exclaim! Magazine
“The horn-enhanced band swing like a donkey’s undercarriage, and are unmissable live.”
~ MOJO Magazine, UK
Nile Groove, an accomplished 6-piece Ottawa-based pop-reggae band, have been grooving the music scene since 2012 with their distinctive fusion of soul, pop, rock, jazz, funk, and disco with reggae. Featured in numerous interviews and live performances on local and international airwaves including CBC Radio, ICI Television, CKCU FM, CHUO FM, CHIN FM and global satellite radio stations worldwide, Nile Groove continues to groove top regional festivals, special events, community events, private functions, and legendary nightlife live music venues.