Randa And The Soul Kingdom

A 10 track funk single (34m 7s) — released November 2nd 2009 on Freestyle Records

"Debut outing for Australian soul sister Randa Khamis, a steamy brew of blistering funk, impassioned soul vocals, produced by down under funk supremo Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos/Cookin' On 3 Burners/Lanu)" Born in Jordan, raised in the working class suburbs of Perth, Australia, singer Randa Khamis caught the black music bug early. At the age of 12 she was talking her way into local clubs, desperate to dance to the sounds of James Brown, Parliament, Kurtis Blow, Ann Sexton and Aretha Franklin. Totally entranced by the music she heard, Randa decided then in her early teens that she could, would, and must become a soul singer During her 20's, Randa lived in London and sung with Kinobe who were about to release a single with her. It was then that she also joined Sasha Baron Cohens' brother's band 'Zohar' singing in Arabic. But it was with Leigh Gracie's deep funk band 'Speedometer' that she spent much of her time singing, and after supporting the legend Eddie Bo, began touring with him in New Orleans, where he passed on his vast musical knowledge about performance and song writing. With this priceless experience under her belt, she returned to Perth, ready to harness her writing and recording experiences with her new band 'Randa & The Soul Kingdom' With The Bamboos producer Lance Ferguson at the controls, the resulting album absolutely bristles with edgy, gritty funk and soul. From the up tempo opener 'Feel It In Your Soul' right through the entire collection, Randa's high octane vocals urge, push and provoke, none more so that on the killer 45 'Not Gonna Let You' (FSR7055) on which the blast of soulful horns will knock you sideways ... be warned! Having supported Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Bamboos and even Lionel Richie in Australia, they band have firmly established their credentials, and If Randa & The Soul Kingdom don't have you up and dancing in an instant with this brand new collection of 21st century deep soul - you had better check your pulse as you may already be dead! 1000% Essential!

Randa Khamis, is one sassy sista! Confident and extolling an impassioned soul with traces of Vicky Anderson and Ann Sexton. Self assured soul music indeed! - Emrys Baird Blues & Soul

Australian Funk band release a fine set of modern day Funk grooves. Musically highly influenced by James Brown, the group playing is of a high standard and extremely tight. The horn section is particularly tough. Check the mainly instrumental 'Feel It In Your Soul, the gritty 'Not Gonna Let You'' and the riff laden 'Getting Down To It'. Also try the Afro Beat/ Afro Funk 'Lysistrata's Quest' which is a real scorcher. The Funk flows on almost every track with the riff driven (check horns and guitar) 'You Can Make It Funky' and the single 'Find Your Groove' being outstanding. If you like contemporary Funk heavily influenced by James Brown - Soul Brother Records

A really good album - top quality from beginning to end. - Mark Lamarr BBC Radio 2

Randa and the Soul Kingdom have a vocalist in Randa Khamis who has the bombast power of Marva Whitney and Vicki Anderson in their prime - Lois Wilson Record Collector/Mojo

If Betty Harris, Patti Drew, Donna Hathaway or The Blackbyrds are names that have any meaning to you, proudly add Randa & The Soul Kingdom to your Funk Collection - Aarom Wilson

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