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thecanary.co reports, ‘. . . [Mo] Ansar believes that our politics and media have become places where it’s hard to create real change. “We still don’t have enough support for representative voices,” he says, “and both systems are rife with prejudice.” Believing the system to be broken, he realised what many probably do. That life is short. Desperately short. So he thought: “Why not music?” And it was this reckoning which led Ansar to the formation of The Solomon Band . . . I liked the sound of ‘Solomon’, it’s a prophetic name in the Abrahamic traditions carrying a sense of history, maybe even wisdom, and it says something about the fact that people can be higher beings. A greater self. There are also wider references to the songs and stories of Solomon, even in Kabbalah and mysticism. Aside from that, it sounds reasonably cool . . .

“I love the sound of the ’60s chroniclers from Dylan to Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens, or even Donovan. There’s some of my writing influences from the ’90s when I first really started to play guitar with covers of music that was around. From Noel Gallagher, Kelly and the Phonics, Richard Ashcroft and others. Woven among all of this is the idea of telling stories. Like the early Muslim troubadours who had put six strings on the guitar travelling and reflecting on the world around us to unite people and inspire change. While a lot of the earlier Solomon material is based around a folk-blues style, our most recent work is heavier, with Karan’s guitar, Sian on bass and Sam on drums. We have an evolving sound which cuts across genres”.’  click here.

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