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Born and raised in Iran to an Armenian mother and Jewish father, Amanda aka ‘Sol Atash’ has been referred to as ‘the walking United Nations’ since a young age. Sol meaning sun in Spanish and Atash translating to Fire in Farsi (the language of Iran), Sol Atash embodies Sun Fire – a Farsi speaking fiery Sagittarius.
Sol was encouraged to sing in 2011 by an artist with whom she was working. Not sure how that would turn out, she began to test the waters by singing Farsi lyrics to Reggae instrumentals. The feedback that she received from the community & folks in the music industry was extraordinary. Next thing she knew, she was on stage performing at different festivals and sharing the stage with various artists opening for some great bands & musicians such as Toots & The Maytals, The Wailers, Luciano, and more.
In 2011, she was asked to join a women’s group called ‘Empress Meditations’ with whom she toured the West Coast and performed a series of shows for Women’s History Month. The following year, a few of the members of Empress Meditations continued their works as a new collective called Empress Unification. Sol Atash has been performing with Empress Unification & the Fyah Squad Band for a few years and has been working on recording an EP which she plans to release in 2016.
As a humanitarian and world traveler, she infuses conscious multiculturalism in all her music, blends in the four languages that she speaks (Farsi, Armenian, French, English) and collaborates with other multi-lingual musicians, creating a series of positive Reggae songs that can be understood on pretty much any continent. Thru this vessel, she likes to bring awareness to subjects that she’s passionate about such as: the environment, collective cooperation among nations & beings, healthy eating, food politics, natural healing, & more.