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Bassel and the Supernaturals

Air Date: 08-07-15

Bassel & The Supernaturals officially released "Dreamer" as a 12-inch vinyl EP in February 2013 at The Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL. Charitable donations from/since their soulful release have been directed towards non-lethal, humanitarian aid in Syria during an intense civil war that has dramatically affected Bassel's family along with over 10,000,000 others that are in critical need of assistance.BTS LoftPoster

"Bassel Al-Madani doesn't want audiences to just have a good time getting down at shows. He wants fans to leave Bassel & the Supernaturals shows with a sense of connection and, perhaps, new political awareness. The 25-year-old bandleader of the contemplative indie-funk ensemble is first-generation Syrian-American and has been using the band's shows and releases to benefit humanitarian efforts in war-torn Syria."

-- Jessica Hopper (Chicago Tribune)

Since relocating to Chicago during the summer of 2010, Al-Madani has faced his own set of obstacles. Despite a massive house fire, the theft of an automobile, and a handful of bone fractures, his focus on global awareness and charity has never been greater.

"Dreamer" was engineered at Hinge Studios in Chicago, IL by Jeff Breakey. The 2013 vinyl release was an independent effort by Bassel & The Supernaturals, using funds generated from their release to support a 3-week US tour and a charitable donation to Syria.

Bassel released his second production in 2010 as an indie-songwriter effort at Used Kids Records in Columbus, Ohio. Shortly after the conclusion of a 4-week solo tour supporting the album, he was invited to open the Pelotonia kickoff ceremony with The Counting Crows & Augustana in the ride against cancer.

Bassel's debut EP was released in 2008, and features the production talents of Ahmed Gallab (aka - Sinkane, who has performed in Yeasayer, Caribou, Of Montreal, and Born Ruffians). The 5-track EP was recorded at Relay Recording in Columbus, Ohio.