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

luisterpaal 3voor12

November 15th, 2010



Hela Hela is the first of four albums by NO blues which is actually on the ‘ luisterpaal’  of 3voor12.  It seems like we are finally outgrowing the stigma ‘worldmusic’. We feel very strongly about the fact that we are just playing music of the world and are by doing so, representing the global fusion of people and ideas. Although our music is deeply rooted in music traditions from all over the globe, being caged in to the worldmusic box always has been rather strange to us.

The biggest downside of the world music stigma is also that you will get none or very limited airplay. Which  deprives us from a big potential audience and ultimately will keep world music caged in to it’s own box.  So we are very happy and grateful with the continues high rating for our new album @ the luisterpaal. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and votes for the album. These are the first small steps to set us free!

Our dear friends from Palestine will be joining us for the 4 cd release promo gigs in December, so we hope to meet you there.

New NO blues cd Hela Hela available in our webshop

November 9th, 2010



Check out  our webshop and support us by buying  our new CD  Hela Hela.
A free download song is still available at bandcamp. We hope to see you at one of the CD presentation gigs in December!

Listen complete album and download 1 track for free

November 5th, 2010



We are very proud to present our new album Hela Hela. It will be released this very week, but you can already listen to the tracks @ Bandcamp and download one track for free to celebrate this moment with us.  It is also on the famous 3voor12 luisterpaal listen here and don’t forget to give us your vote.

We will be playing four (4) CD presentation gigs in December at 4 different parts of Holland. If you think, well I will see NO blues some time later in the tour, thats fine with us. But remember only at the first 4 gigs our friends from Gallilee will be joining us.

With love

NO blues

Hela Hela!

October 21st, 2010



NOblues Hela Hela hoesWe are very happy to show you a first glimpse of our wonderful new cd Hela Hela. The CD will be released next month and we will be posting new cover shots and track listings the next couple of days. We will also add some of the new tracks to the player next week. Try to visit the CD presentation shows in Holland because our dear guest musicians from the Holy land will be joining us  this four gigs!

Heiloo and Spijkenisse

September 1st, 2010



For very special fans, NO blues sometimes plays at somebody elses party. We were asked to play in Heiloo for the friends of Lori and Coert in Heiloo. They promised us nice people. And yes they have nice firends, it was a fun party! The day afterwords NO blues played in Spijkenisse where the rain came down as if the gods did not agree with another festival. Trees fell on the way there, the roads turned to rivers and NO blues played in a very nice tent!

Blues or NO blues

August 4th, 2010



Nisse

July 13th, 2010



Sjoerd van Bommel as special guest on drums

The NO blues gig at the Pastorale au Parvis festival in the beautifull little town of Nisse (near Goes NL) started with rain on the way there. But thank god the festival was spared and we did a fun gig with the audience on their feet and dancing. Our percussionist Osama was in Portugal, so we were accompanied by Sjoerd van Bommel on drums and he did a great job!

NO blues @Cran Gevrier (Annecy)

July 8th, 2010



NO blues just returned from Cran Gevrier (Annecy) France. A ten hour drive from Holland. And it was well worth it! Beautifull town, nice people! The audience apreciated our mix of Arabicana. Hopefully we’ll be back in France soon. On the photo you can see the band while doing their soundcheck.

3voor12 rewards gig NO blues @ Mundial with an 8

June 22nd, 2010




For a full festival review look at 3voor12 Tilburg