Erik Krebbers of Dutch newspaper De Stentor interviewed us about ten years of NO blues and the release of our new album next week. Anne-Maarten explains why this album is special to us and our Arabicana feels more up to date than ever.
Today our story is in the paper! Click on the article to read it:
NO blues viert haar tienjarig bestaan en het album Oh Yeah Habibi met een feestelijke tour door binnen- en buitenland. Deze tour start op 8 oktober 2015 als de plaat officieel uitkomt met de albumrelease in de Deventer Schouwburg. Mis het niet!
10 jaar NO blues: albumpresentatie Oh Yeah Habibi
Donderdag 8 oktober 2015
20:30 | kleine zaal | € 18
Last weekend Haytham and Osama of NO blues were invited to play in a summer special of the Dutch television show Vrije Geluiden. In the show they play The Road, the track that led to Last Train to Haifa that was on the NO blues albums Ya Dunya and Kind of NO blues. This time you can hear it in a special embodiment with only u’d and percussion. Check it out!
Watch the show here (interview starts at 00:11:12), and stay tuned for the release of the new NO blues album Oh Yeah Habibi at Octobre 8th!
Last week we played at the festival Colours of Ostrava and we got this nice review from a Czech newspaper. If your Czech is good, click to open it in a readable format (if not, scroll a bit further):
If your Czech is as bad as ours, here’s a translation we received:
‘… If we should pick one band that naturally fulfills the mission and anticipated philosophy of the Colours of Ostrava in their music, with no doubts it would be international band NO blues. All from the Netherlands – Palestinian virtuoso on oud and singer Haytham Safia, Sudanese percussion player Osama Meelegi, singer Ankie Keultjes and singing musicians like guitar player Ad Van Meurs and bass player Anne-Maarten van Heuvelen – together they play and sing splendid music contrived from African rhythms and Arabic tradition flavoured with American country and blues. With their music the soul of the listener is dancing and his mind is touching answers on serious questions.’
We especially like that last sentence, it is a good discription for our upcoming record Oh Yeah Habibi. More news soon!
We are looking forward to a fun summer with NO blues. We start of with gigs in the Czech Republic. The band plays at United Colours of Ostrava, the biggest music festivals in the country. On the way there, we play in the city Jablonec nad Nisou and after Ostrava we head for the Woche der kleine Kunsten in Gutersloh, Germany. Which sounds like a a nice gig too! After doing a private show in Holand the summer with NO blues ends at the City festival in Zwolle. Some nice outside veues to look forward to. For all our Czech fans; we did this interview with the Lidove Noviny. Enjoy!
See picture fot Czech version and the following link for a crappy Google translate version in English.
Ankie Keultjes is currently in the proces of mixing the songs. The album is planned to be ready in june. Allways exciting!
The release tour is planned in oktober and november. With the official release show 8 October in the Deventer Schouwburg. The latest confirmed date is 18 november in Paradiso Amsterdam.
Arabicana started in 2005. Right now this musical mix of American folk blues an Arabic music is more relevant than ever. For the ten year anniversary NO blues treats there audience to a tour and a new album in the fall. The band is now playing theater shows and festivals have been confirmed in Holland, Germany and the Tsjech Republic this summer.
NO blues is currently also in the process of writing a new album. This sixth album will be released on 8 october 2015 at the Deventer Schouwburg. The band will subsequently do a tour with the new material in the fall and spring of 2016. Stay tuned on the work in progress on our website and Facebook!
15/02 Walhalla, Rotterdam
21/02 ADA, Wuppertal (Germany)
27/02 Agnietenhof, Tiel
The NO blues song Long Legged Woman from the album Hela Hela appears on the CD sampler from Germany’s biggest folk festival TFF Rudolfstadt.
And here is a translation of a part of the review from the online magazine Folkworld.
‘NO blues plays on the big stage at the townsquare. I’ve been looking forward to this Dutch band. Their blend of Americana and Arabic musik is unique even in a time of fusion wild grow. The U’d, the beautiful Arabic string instrument comes together with folk guitar and African percussion. Sometimes the singer and U’d player plays his instrument as it it were a rythm guitar. The bass players powerfull blues voice is a great contrast with the soft Arabic singing. Four cool professionals that conquer the afternoon heat.’ (http://www.folkworld.eu/54/d/tff2.html)