Aniba Hotep & The Sol Collective is a Chicago based Soul band comprised of eight members, led by the beautiful songwriter and vocal powerhouse, Aniba Hotep. Her soulful southern tones are harmonized by two equally beautiful songbirds, Neri Ma’at and Caress Sahura. These melodious voices are complimented by the best rhythm section one could find, featuring Nathional Warren II on keyboards, William Baggett on bass, Aum Mu Ra-El on lead guitar, Anthony Stephens on drums, and producer Harry Hunt Jr. on violin.
The Sol Collective’s “retro-futuristic” musical style embodies “the natural progression of soul.” Merging soulful sounds, edgy style, and a futuristic progression of music and technology, the vision of Aniba Hotep and The Sol Collective is to create music that captures the art of soul music and inspires future generations.
Live Performance Success
Since The Sol Collective’s formation in 2005, the band has received numerous accolades and has been touted as the best performing group from Chicago since Earth, Wind, and Fire. A self-contained unit, Aniba Hotep and The Sol Collective takes pride in successfully becoming their own promoter, booking agent, marketer, production team and more, driving thousands to their shows. They have performed with multi-platinum artists such as Mint Condition, Silk, Carl Thomas, Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Drifters, Julie Dexter, Raphael Saadiq, YahZarah, Lalah Hathaway, Bilal, Les Nubians, D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!, Dwele, K’Jon, and Syleena Johnson. They have played legendary venues including the Chicago House Of Blues, Shrine Theater, the Steppenwolf Theater, Hull House at the McCormick Place, Harold Washington Cultural Center, Green Dolphin Street Lounge, and Mayne Stage Theater, and performed for high profile events such as The Glenwood Festival, Dupage County NAACP Freedom Fund Scholarship Gala, Real Men Cook, The African Festival of the Arts and more. In 2013, the ladies of The Sol Collective starred in the musical tribute to Duke Ellington, “Going Home with Duke.”
Though a strong part of Chicago’s music scene for almost a decade, The Sol Collective’s impact goes far beyond The Windy City. The band’s songs have been played on popular radio stations such as Star Point Radio, Colorful Radio and Stomp Radio in London, WHPK 88.5 FM and 92.3 FM in Chicago, as well as the Mix Cloud in France.
In March 2013, lead singer Aniba Hotep received national recognition as the winner of TV One’s “Are You Unsung?” vocal competition, and was featured on the TV Show Unsung. The band also traveled to Atlanta and performed at the legendary Apache Café.In 2014, Aniba Hotep & The Sol Collective performed a series of electrifying shows at Majestic Star Casino. They headlined several music events, including the SoulTrain Impact, the Westside Music Festival, and the Southside Soul Festival. In August 2014, the band performed live on national television, featured on the WGN Morning Show.