TribeSouL is a story that reads as if the ending came before the beginning, like a genre-bending amalgamation before its time, and yet exists exactly as it should be. The collective was birthed and built in Indianapolis, and is the brainchild of its former titular artist and current leader Mariah Ivey.
TribeSouL creates an experience melding together hip-hop, spoken word, neo-soul, funk, reggae, and contemporary gospel with sociopolitics, community-building, and the co-creation of joy. The group curates live performances, jam sessions, workshops, and community discussions to broaden the substance and impact of their work.
The collective’s seamless connection to one another and every audience makes both a small living room show and a feature concert engaging, intimate, and brimming with possibility — no person leaves the space the same way they came in. Each contributing member brings character and craft to the group, turning the concept of emerging and established artistry upside down, with musical backgrounds ranging from classical music, Jazz, and worship bands to successful solo careers across creative mediums in and beyond Indiana.
TribeSouL has performed as a headlining act for the Virginia Avenue Music Festival, The Independent Music and Arts Festival, Chreece Hip-Hop Festival and Sofar Sounds Indianapolis just to name a few. They’ve also opened for internationally-acclaimed hip-hop artist Pharoahe Monch and two-time Grammy Award Winning Music Group Arrested Development. Their innovative covers of classic songs and paradigm-shifting original music is more than a liberatory score behind a political scene. Their sound is a story itself, a lyrical representation of people, of communities being and becoming free.