Posts tagged ‘Arabicana’

NO blues is heading for Turkey

October 19th, 2016

Good news, we’re coming to Turkey real soon! Next week NO blues is playing in the auditorium of the Union of Chambers Academic in Bursa.

Date               Wednesday Octobre 27th
Time               20:00
Price              discount: 10 ₺, full: 15 ₺
Venue            Bursa akademik Odalar Birliği Oditoryum, BAOB
Adress           Odunluk Mah. Akademi Cad. No:8 Bursa

For more info visit the facebook event. Hope to see you there!


NO blues continues tour to Czech Republic

May 26th, 2016

We’re back from Jordan, where we played a wonderful tour of five performances! In our tour journal you can read all about King’s Day in Amman, a bar named after our album Ya Dunya and audiences from all directions.

We’re happy to announce that later this summer we’ll play the Folk Holidays Festival in Náměšť nad Oslavou, Czech Republic. But before we move on we play one gig in the Netherlands during the Wijland Festival.

This fall we will be playing in succession of the recently released album The best of years at NO blues, a tour that we’ll continue in theaters and at festivals in 2017/2018. For bookings please contact Anne-Maarten.

Upcoming shows:
24/06 Wijland Festival, Dronten
29/07 Folk Holidays Festival, Náměšť nad Oslavou (Czech Republic)

Hope to see you there!


Check out The best of years at NO blues:

NO blues’ tour journal of Jordan

May 4th, 2016

We had a great time playing in Amman Jordan! The first show at the Blue fig was magical, playing for an appreciating audience. The atmosphere was relaxed and the warm night was a beautiful start of our five gigs. After the show we went to a place called Dunia where the owner told us he had named his bar after one of our albums Ya Dunya and told us he is a big fan of NO blues. We had waterpipe, drinks en food and enjoyed great Jordanian hospitality.

On day two we played at the Haya Cultural Centre after taking a walk in the area. This theater was a good setting for the NO blues music. Sound engineer Hassan from Eclipse Events did a great job and the band really took off during the show. The audience gave a standing ovation and after the show we went out for food.

Day three was our Kings Day gig at the Embassy. In the Netherlands everybody gets dressed up in orange and celebrates. The Dutch Embasssy was coloured with orange lighting, so we felt right at home. Although the evening was a little chilly, the gig went great and the people kept warm by dancing. A couple from France had come in especially from Jerusalem to watch us play. It is always an honour when fans drive a long way to come to one of the gigs.

On day four the band went cultural and we visited the Citadel at Amman. After seeing the ancient buildings and the amphitheater we went to the Shomann Foundation for our fourth gig. The energy in the room was truly amazing with people singing along and clapping to the songs. Young and old enjoyed the music and after the show and encores we went out for a great meal and more waterpipe.

Our last show was at the Maestro Bar. A completely different venue from all the others. A smokey club with a young crowd. We played with a lot of energy and fire. Again the music came across and the room exploded after solos. People clapped and danced, a great last gig to our stay in Amman. After the show Haytham and Osama had to hurry to catch their flight. What a night!

We want to thank everybody who helped make this tour possible; among others Lama, Ghadeer and the rest of the good people at the Amman Jazz Festival, Maartje Peters at the Dutch Embassy, the Fonds Podiumkunsten for helping us out, the sponsors among which Amstel, the sound engineers, Safe for dragging the instruments around, productiehuis Oost-Nederland and all the people that came out to see us. We hope we’ll go back to Amman!

– NO blues

And this is what it looked like:

NO blues on tour in Jordan

April 14th, 2016

Good news: this year we’re celebrating Dutch holiday King’s Day in Jordan! We’re invited to play at the Dutch ambassy and do a mini tour during the Amman Jazz Festival in the capital of Jordan:

NO blues | Jordan Tour
April 25th   Blue Fig Cultural and Arts Café
April 26th   A Night of European Jazz, Haya Cultural Centre
April 27th   King’s Day Concert, Royal Netherlands Ambassy
April 28th   Shoman Foundation
April 29th   Maestro Music Bar

With a lot of thanks to Fonds Podiumkunsten who support us for this tour. There we go!

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3voor12: “NO blues’ mix of cultures stays intriguing”

March 2nd, 2016

What a great start for us this year! We kicked off in LUX Nijmegen where we got a really nice live review.

After that we played a sold out show in the ever so nice Amer in Amen to continue our tour in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, a show that was also totally sold out. What an honor to see the audience enjoy our music so much!

3voor12 Eindhoven visited the concert and wrote an extensive review (Dutch only): NO blues 3voor12

Let’s hope for more good things to come this year.

March 12        Razzmatazz, Goes | tickets
March 17        Catharinakapel, Harderwijk | tickets
April 2             Koornbeurs, Franeker | tickets
April 27           Amman, Jordanie

See you soon at one of our shows!

Oh Yeah Habibi overview & new tour dates

December 21st, 2015

Recently we had our last show of 2015 in Paradiso, Amsterdam. What a night! And a good moment to look back at the great response we got on our new album Oh Yeah Habibi so far.

A lot of kind words on the album from the audience and different media. A selection:

“Oh Yeah Habibi  is more than a party: the message of NO Blues couldn’t have come at a better time” – MixedWorldMusic

“Oh Yeah Habibi is the best album until now“ – Festivalinfo

“An exciting musical encounter based on mutual respect and the overpowering love for music“ – Mania

“NO blues emerges at Oh Yeah Habibi as a band of bridge builders between cultures“- Folkforum

“Oh Yeah Habibi is an exceptional example of a full-grown cross-over album“ – Here Comes The Flood

“World class record!” – Lust for Live

Inga Tjapkes did an interview (in Dutch):

Our story was in the newspaper (click to read):

And played from Deventer to Utrecht and Amsterdam. Next up: the rest of the tour! We’ve added some new tour dates in Nijmegen en Harderwijk:

January 10       Lux, Nijmegen  tickets
Januari 22        Amer, Amen
Februari 29       Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
March 12          Razzmatazz, Goes
March 17         Catharinakapel, Harderwijk
April 2              Koornbeurs, Franeker
April 27            Amman, Jordanie

Hope to see you there!

New album Oh Yeah Habibi out now!

October 8th, 2015

Albumcover - NO blues - Oh Yeah Habibi (2015)It is with great pride and excitement that we present you the new album Oh Yeah Habibi by NO blues! Not only are we pleased to present this sixth album, but we’re also glad to celebrate our ten year anniversary.

Oh Yeah Habibi is out now. You can listen and download it on our Bandcamp, Youtube, SoundcloudSpotify or Deezer. Do you want to purchase the album in iTunes, or buy the actual CD? Go to our online store or visit a Dutch record store.

On Thursday Octobre 8th the album will be presented in Deventer Schouwburg, the Netherlands, and after that we will celebrate our ten year anniversary and the new album in an extensive festive tour. Info and tickets are available here.

We are very curious what you think of the new album Oh Yeah Habibi. Please leave a message on our Facebook & Twitter.

Vier 10 jaar NO blues en het nieuwe album Oh Yeah Habibi!

September 22nd, 2015

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

Lees meer over het nieuwe album en de tourdata:


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

Ingolstadt (Germany) review

July 2nd, 2013

We got a  review from the gig in Ingolstadt Germany last week. For everybody who doesn’t speak or read German; the journalist considers NO blues an experiment with a postive outcome. And fun…

NO blues Ingolstadt