We’re very proud that our music is included on the exclusive Dutch Delta Sounds sampler that comes with the latest edition of the leading British music magazine Songlines! This issue contains an actual summary of Dutch ‘world music’, accompanied by the bonus cd.
What the Mississippi symbolizes for New Orleans is the Rhine for the Netherlands. In this delta of Western Europe, on the boundary between land and water, originated a musical more-streamscountry. On the one side influences from Eastern- and Southern-Europe silted, on the other side from the whole world. Via the sea as from the 17e century the Netherlands were connected with Africa, Asia, North- and South- America. More than ever this heritage – an open attitude to absorb ánd to pass on influences from four directions of the wind – colours the Dutch musicworld today. You will find here cross-overs between jazz and pop with music from the Balkans, Surinam, Indonesia and Morocco, but also with influences from the Dutch Antilles, Turkey and Portugal. In short: Dutch Delta Sounds!
On Dutch Delta Sounds there are 18 tracks from the following artists: Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Arifa, Baraná Trio, Boi Akih, Carel Kraayenhof & su Sexteto Canyengue, Combinatie XVI, Fra Fra Sound, Getetchew Mekuria & The Ex, Izaline Calister, Julya Lo’Ko & Erwin van Ligten, Kasba, Maria de Fátima, Mdungu, Minyeshu, NO blues, Oswin Chin Behilia, Raj Mohan and STriCat.
We’re back from Jordan, where we played a wonderful tour of five performances! In our tour journal you can read all about King’s Day in Amman, a bar named after our album Ya Dunya and audiences from all directions.
We’re happy to announce that later this summer we’ll play the Folk Holidays Festival in Náměšť nad Oslavou, Czech Republic. But before we move on we play one gig in the Netherlands during the Wijland Festival.
This fall we will be playing in succession of the recently released album The best of years at NO blues, a tour that we’ll continue in theaters and at festivals in 2017/2018. For bookings please contact Anne-Maarten.
We had a great time playing in Amman Jordan! The first show at the Blue fig was magical, playing for an appreciating audience. The atmosphere was relaxed and the warm night was a beautiful start of our five gigs. After the show we went to a place called Dunia where the owner told us he had named his bar after one of our albums Ya Dunya and told us he is a big fan of NO blues. We had waterpipe, drinks en food and enjoyed great Jordanian hospitality.
On day two we played at the Haya Cultural Centre after taking a walk in the area. This theater was a good setting for the NO blues music. Sound engineer Hassan from Eclipse Events did a great job and the band really took off during the show. The audience gave a standing ovation and after the show we went out for food.
Day three was our Kings Day gig at the Embassy. In the Netherlands everybody gets dressed up in orange and celebrates. The Dutch Embasssy was coloured with orange lighting, so we felt right at home. Although the evening was a little chilly, the gig went great and the people kept warm by dancing. A couple from France had come in especially from Jerusalem to watch us play. It is always an honour when fans drive a long way to come to one of the gigs.
On day four the band went cultural and we visited the Citadel at Amman. After seeing the ancient buildings and the amphitheater we went to the Shomann Foundation for our fourth gig. The energy in the room was truly amazing with people singing along and clapping to the songs. Young and old enjoyed the music and after the show and encores we went out for a great meal and more waterpipe.
Our last show was at the Maestro Bar. A completely different venue from all the others. A smokey club with a young crowd. We played with a lot of energy and fire. Again the music came across and the room exploded after solos. People clapped and danced, a great last gig to our stay in Amman. After the show Haytham and Osama had to hurry to catch their flight. What a night!
We want to thank everybody who helped make this tour possible; among others Lama, Ghadeer and the rest of the good people at the Amman Jazz Festival, Maartje Peters at the Dutch Embassy, the Fonds Podiumkunsten for helping us out, the sponsors among which Amstel, the sound engineers, Safe for dragging the instruments around, productiehuis Oost-Nederland and all the people that came out to see us. We hope we’ll go back to Amman!
Yesterday we had the first gig in our Jordan tour, still four to go! Meanwhile newspaper De Stentor published an interview today with our own Anne-Maarten. He talks about our music and the chance we get with this tour to focus on the bridge and not the gaps between east and west.
Read the entire article here (only in Dutch, click on the image):
For the very first time our music will appear on vinyl! For Record Store Day 2016 we are proud to present The best of ten years NO blues, a limited edition that is only available on vinyl. This record contains the highlights of a full decade of the unique blend of music called Arabicana.
On Saturday April 16th at Record Store Day we will present The best of ten years NO blues with an instore at Kroese Nijmegen at 16:00. There is no digital distribution of the record, you can only find this limited edition in our webshop or at your local record store.
The best of ten years NO blues Vinyl (album) | CRS | April 16th 2016
Place your pre-order here and be the first to receive this limited vinyl record!
What a great start for us this year! We kicked off in LUX Nijmegen where we got a really nice live review.
After that we played a sold out show in the ever so nice Amer in Amen to continue our tour in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, a show that was also totally sold out. What an honor to see the audience enjoy our music so much!
3voor12 Eindhoven visited the concert and wrote an extensive review (Dutch only):
Let’s hope for more good things to come this year.
March 12 Razzmatazz, Goes | tickets
March 17 Catharinakapel, Harderwijk | tickets
April 2 Koornbeurs, Franeker | tickets
April 27 Amman, Jordanie
And played from Deventer to Utrecht and Amsterdam. Next up: the rest of the tour! We’ve added some new tour dates in Nijmegen en Harderwijk:
January 10 Lux, Nijmegen tickets
Januari 22 Amer, Amen
Februari 29 Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
March 12 Razzmatazz, Goes
March 17 Catharinakapel, Harderwijk
April 2 Koornbeurs, Franeker
April 27 Amman, Jordanie