Nice article in the NRC newspaper

January 1st, 2011


A moment of understanding and joy

December 22nd, 2010

foto: Hanneke Wetzer

We really enjoyed playing with our friends from the Galilee. Great music and great fun and a great audience made us forget the cold weather and long travels. Thank You!

New Reviews & Interviews

December 21st, 2010

More reviews of Hela Hela entering NO blues HQ
Very fine compliments of Mixed World and Written in Music. Anne-Maarten was also interviewd in ‘Het Eindhovens Dagblad click here.
Radio 6 made a complete story of the last album: ‘a pleasure for the modern world citizen’. Discover NO blues totally: here

NO blues at Kunststof TV!

December 17th, 2010

Great news, we are invited to perform at Kunststof TV at the second of january 18.05 uur, Nederland 2. Even beter is that you can be there too! It would be great to see you there.

Drop a mail to: and they will let you know how and where

We are in heaven!

December 14th, 2010

new reviews and interviews

December 13th, 2010

Great reviews are coming in and new interviews are done everyday. So we are excited by all the attention for our cd Hela Hela. A big thank you for moorsmagazine who is equally sad that Hela Hela is our last cd and happy that it is such a great one.

The first cd presentation in Horst is sold out, tickets for the gigs in EindhovenDeventer and Amsterdam are still available. Hope to see you there!

Hela Hela available on Spotify

December 2nd, 2010

NO blues new cd Hela Hela is available on Spotify. So from now on we can be heard in every livingroom. Click the spotify image to go to ‘Hela Hela’ directly.

‘Devotie die je niet loslaat’

November 30th, 2010

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Interview 3voor12 with NO blues (Dutch)

November 29th, 2010

NO blues is ‘klaar’ : “Het gaat om muziek als hoger doel”

Wat begon als een experiment ontsproten uit het brein van Rob Kramer van Productiehuis ON, groeide uit tot een uitgebreide zoektocht naar ‘arabicana’, een muziekstijl die de verbinding legt tussen blues en traditionele Arabische muziek. Met de vierde cd van NO Blues lijkt het zoeken voltooid en een nieuw genre op de kaart gezet. 3VOOR12/Arnhem-Nijmegen ging met bassist Anne-Maarten van Heuvelen in gesprek over de reis naar muzikale volwassenheid en de essentie van muziek.
Lees het hele interview op 3voor12 Arnhem Nijmegen

Tekst: Felicia Tielenius Kruythoff
Archieffoto: Erik Daems

Four star review in national newspaper for Hela Hela

November 18th, 2010

**** (click to see original review in dutch)

NO blues Hela Hela

NO blues was founded five years ago to investigate the possibilities of combining the traditional American folk blues with Arabic music, which resulted in a new genre called Arabicana. With this fourth CD the trip around the world comes to an end for singer-guitarist Ad van Meurs, singer-bassist Anne-Maarten van Heuvelen and the Palestinian singer-U’d player Haytham Safia. But not without picking up some African influences on the road, provided by Sudanese Osama Maleegi again on percussion and this time  also U’d. Violin player Morad Koury adds even more virtuoso strings, and the vocals of Shereene Danial joins those of permanent collaborator Ankie Keultjes. In most cases, the symbiosis between the genres is perfectly natural, with Empty Bottle as a strong example. Especially the way Safia’s sparkling U’d playing is a joy to the ear. Lyrically, it is often rather stereotypical country and blues: long-legged women, booze, infidelity and death, but Van Meurs convinces as singer and guitarist, the latter especially with the slide. And the sound is beautiful and unique, all you could wish for is more experimenting with strange measures, such as on Farah.

Ranking: 4 out of 5 stars

Volkskrant: Frank van Herk