The new NO blues album is coming along

April 22nd, 2015

Ankie mixAnkie 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.

Before that time you can see NO blues on 5 Mai at the Liberation Festival (5 mei fest) in Den Bosch and 9 Mai at the Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie in Leeuwarden.

Ten year anniversary asks for a treat; the sixth album!

February 10th, 2015

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 rep 6 feb 2015

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

NO blues song on TFF Rudolfstadt festival sampler

January 5th, 2015

NO blues on TFF Rudolfstadt sampler

NO blues on TFF Rudolfstadt sampler

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.’ (

Ten year annivesary NO blues

December 10th, 2014

NO blues put out their first album in the spring of  2005. The band celabrates this ten year anniversary with a theater tour in the spring of 2015. The combination of folk blues and Arabic music which brought the group together and which they call ‘Arabicana’ still has the energy it did when they started. And it is even more relevant than it was ten years ago. The music brings cultures together which seem impossible to combine. The five NO blues albums show that with a little good will and a some work it is possible. And the result still conquers the hearts of people all over the world.

The band is playing theaters in the spring and the first summer festival is confirmed in the Czech Republic. Keep checking this website and Facebook for more news.

Album presentation Sudanese Afrobeats 9 november

October 30th, 2014

Cover Osama Meleegi Sudanese Afrobeat-frontYears ago our percussionist Osama Meleegi came to the Netherlands from Khartoum Sudan.. He was one of nine (!) percussion playing sons of violin player Mohammed Gismallah Mogash, a well known musician and music teacher. As a young boy Osama was brought upon the stage to play with his family. Earning him the nick name Meleegi, which means ‘the boy’. Osama studied music in Khartoum and now he is living and playing in the Netherlands with bands such as ‘Minyeshu and Shewata’ with Haytham Safia and of course with NO blues. Now Osama has made his debut album as solo artist. With ‘Sudanese Afro beats’ a longtime dream comes true. On the album we here pieces composed by Osama and recorded with friends and family from Sudan. A blend of traditional Sudanese rythmes and original pieces written by Osama Meleegi. His CD is a unique combination of Arabic and African music. The album presentation is on the 9th November in Grand café Berlage. Kleine Berg 16 in Eindhoven.
Sunday 9 november | 15:00 uur | free entrance


Photo editing movie by Kırmızı Tramvay a huge fan: Black Cadillac

October 6th, 2014

NO blues percusionist Osama Meleegi releases ‘Sudanese Afrobeats’

August 20th, 2014

Cover Osama Meleegi Sudanese Afrobeat-frontYears ago he came to the Netherlands, Osama Meleegi, a famous percussion player from Kharthoum, Sudan.

As one of nine (!) percussion playing sons of Mohamad Gismallah Mogash, a well known violin player and music teacher, Osama found his place in the spotlight with the ‘Meleegi Family’ at a very young age and after finishing the School of Music and Dance  in Kharthoum he became a member of the famous groups ‘Samadal’ and I’qd al Jalaad’.

After moving to the Netherlands he joined the succesfull Ethiopian Group ´Minyeshu & Chewata’ , the Arabicana Group ‘NO blues’ , formed a duo with Ud player Haytham Safia : ‘Ud D’uet’ and became a very respected session player. With this album ‘Sudanese Afrobeats’ , two of his wishes came true: an album with his own compositions and a musical reunion with his family and friends in Sudan.
Listen and buy “Sudanese Afrobeats” on  Spotify or  iTunes .  (temporally also available on the mediaplayer “luisterpaal” of the Dutch national radio 6)

The River Wild

July 23rd, 2014

We like to dedicate this song to all women and children who are the victims of war and conflict in this troubled times, they suffer most, no matter who’s fighting who and for what reason. Killing each other never solved a single problem.
Many thanks to Rubin van Kooyk for his visualisation.

Rudolstadt you are amazing

July 9th, 2014

NO blues op Rudolstadt
That were three awesome gigs, Ingolstadt and twice Rudolstadt
Germany .. is hot!

das größte Roots-Folk-Weltmusik-Festival Deutschlands

June 30th, 2014

Almost a year ago we received a  nice review from the gig in Ingolstadt Germany . And within 2 days we are heading Rudolstadt: das größte Roots-Folk-Weltmusik-Festival Deutschlands. So here is the review in the rebound towards Rudolstadt.
NO blues Ingolstadt