We had a great weekend in Germany at Ada in Wuppertal and the Buch Cafe in Bad Hersfeld. Here is a picture form the gig in Wuppertal with Osama on U’d and lead vocals and Haytham on Percussion playing ‘Le’.
The last couple of weeks we have been working on the last details of our new album. Yesterday Ad and Ankie went to Brussels to visit Alan Ward at electric city for the final mastering and they came home with the mastercopy of our our new album!
The next couple of weeks we will be posting songs of Kind of NO blues on this website for free listening & download. Expect the unexpected because we have been recording with a wide variety of musicians and poets:
Rodaan al Galidi (Iraq) and Vrouwkje Tuinman (Netherlands) added their poetry to our songs and Jos Beeren (saxophone) & Martijn Soher (trombone) of the Dutch Metropole orchestra almost blew us away with their music. American blues legend Andre Williams added his distinct voice and presence to one of the pieces and so did Bill Barret of Hazmat Modine. Our dear friend Morad Koury (Palestine) is also present with his magnificent violin. A quite impressive contribution is made by quartet Quinetique, this collaboration opens new horizons to a blend of Arabicana and contemporary western classical music.
We had all sorts of fun ( trouble and hard work) getting this new album ready and we sincerely hope you will enjoy our music. It is a double album so we also selected our most beautiful live tracks for your convenience. We will be releasing the new stuff somewhere next week, for now enjoy this short live compilation.
Most of us seem to communicating on Facebook nowadays and with only a couple of weeks to go before releasing our new album Kind of NO blues, we need your help!
We are looking forward to get 2000 likes before the release of the album, so if you have a friend who likes our music let him or her know we like them too! You will find us here:
As a thank you for your effort and for our new friends we will be posting a new song from the upcoming album for free and download on a weekly basis after the release!
Stay tuned and a big thanks in advance!
Next step to adding video footage and vocals to our music is making a remix of one of our songs. This song called ‘Khartoum’ will be on our next album, but the young and talented Dutch dub step and drumnbass producer Knarsetand (aka Martijn Holtslag) had his way with it. We enjoy his version of this song and salute him. Feel free to listen and download the song and we appreciate your comments!
Also check our Facebook page for more discussions and extra footage.
Martijn Holtslag gives a short inside on how he worked with this song:
Anne-Maarten is getting overheated in Melbourne and over here we are finishing our new cd ‘Kind of NO blues’. In the meantime we will be posting some remarkable footage found on Youtube made by a wide range of people on older NO blues songs. This one was inspired by Black Cadillac a song we recorded with Tracy Bonham.
Our dear friend poet and writer Rodaan Al Galidi is facing the threat of being expelled from Holland. He failed his “inburgeringstoets” by four points. What is happening to this country? Are we expelling writers and poets who are teaching us more about tolerance and life then most of our politicians? We are very proud that Rodaan has contributed a beautiful poet to our new CD and that he is is regularly performing with Haytham in Dutch and in Arabic. We will support the efforts by D’66 in Zwolle to help him stay in Holland.
just received a message from D66 in Zwolle. He indeed failed his ínburgeringstest’ by four points but it is not as bad as the article in de Stentor mentioned. Also see read this weblog: http://www.decontrabas.com/de_contrabas/2013/02/rodaan-al-galidi-nog-steeds-geen-nederlander.html
The next couple of weeks Anne-Maarten will be travelling in the land Down Under. So although we will be short on gigs, we will use this gap for finishing the work on the release of the new cd Kind of NO blues. The artwork is just about ready and Allen Ward is working on mastering the CD in his Electric City studio in Brussels. We are also working on a short tour in Germany which will includes some Blues Festivals.
Anne-Maarten our bass-man will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow. Feel free to join the party, he will be at the Oosterpoort in Groningen and the party starts at 20:30. Check here for more info and he really hates it when you sing ‘happy birthday’ so fee free to do so 🙂