Posts tagged ‘review’

Mixed Worldmusic: “Bullseye” “Midden in de roos”

October 14th, 2013

Great review in dutch of Kind of NO blues.

“De arabicana van NO Blues is een muzikaal mengsel waarin het Midden-Oosten en het Amerikaanse platteland om beurten het voortouw nemen. Zang in Amerikaanse stijl met spitse ud-begeleiding van Haytham Safia, Arabische zang voortgestuwd door de opruiend slepende slidegitaar van Ad van Meurs. En allerlei gradaties daartussen, waar vooral slagwerker Osama Meleegi de hand in heeft. Met listige tikjes en accentverschuivingen geeft hij eenvoudige ritmes diepte en reliëf”
Read more at: Mixed Worldmusic


Swedish review:’NO blues is mastering all of this’

January 25th, 2012

[Translated from Swedish] The dutch group NO blues have been noticed for their way of blending american folk/blues with arabic music, “arabicana”. The blend itself may be not so surprising, but it is always fun with music that is unpredictable. This blend remains on “Hela hela”, the groups fourth album since the debut in 2005. Simultaneously there are some scents added from Africa, Balkan and the Keltic area. The main core is also accompanied by two interesting guest artists – Shereene Danial (song) and Morad Khoury (violin). The result is is a versatile production that leads the audience right through continents. Maybe this mix can be percieved as a little too multicoloured this time. Another contradiction runs between feeling and perfection – the studio atmosphere gets a little too obvious at times. Despite these weaknesses it is exciting to follow the strokes of the group from various directions. NO blues is mastering all of this.

Swedish daily paper Hallandsposten , on January 4
Gert-Ove Fridlund

Recensie Gipsyfestival Tilburg

May 31st, 2011

[Dutch only]
“Aangenaam tegendraads was de muzikale duit die NO blues in het festivalzakje deed met haar weidse klankpallet, dat zich uitstrekt van het Midden-Oosten tot diep in het Amerikaanse ‘Heartland’. Bovendien waren er heel wat verbaasde blikken richting het podium, want veel gipsyfestivalgangers hadden blijkbaar nog nooit een Ud (Arabishe luit) of Dobro (metalen resonatorgitaar) gezien”.
Volkskrant: Ton Maas

[moderator]: NO blues trad op met Cybalom speler Vasile Nedea

Wereldreis aangeboden door NO blues

April 26th, 2011

Als je als bluesliefhebber naar een theaterconcert gaat van NO blues dan word je alleen al door de naam op het verkeerde been gezet. De speelvloer is prachtig uitgelicht, maar de band komt in het donker op.

Alleen de Arabische elfsnarige luitspeler Haytham Safia uit Galilea zit in de spotlight. Voor hem is het een speciale avond aangezien zijn ouders in de zaal zitten. Hij begint met een zinderende luitsolo. Dit snijdt allemachtig veel hout, het gaat dwars door de ziel heen. Daarna vallen de andere muzikanten in……lees verder
Meer foto’s van het concert door Bert Lek.

NO blues speelde in de Agnietenhof

‘Music that’s not only combining people and culture but realy unites’

April 18th, 2011

Review ‘Hela Hela’ from Paris. See whole article in french.
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First frech review of Hela Hela

February 22nd, 2011

Always a good way to start this week while we are scattered all over the world.
A nice french review.

New Reviews & Interviews

December 21st, 2010

More reviews of Hela Hela entering NO blues HQ
Very fine compliments of Mixed World and Written in Music. Anne-Maarten was also interviewd in ‘Het Eindhovens Dagblad click here.
Radio 6 made a complete story of the last album: ‘a pleasure for the modern world citizen’. Discover NO blues totally: here

new reviews and interviews

December 13th, 2010

Great reviews are coming in and new interviews are done everyday. So we are excited by all the attention for our cd Hela Hela. A big thank you for moorsmagazine who is equally sad that Hela Hela is our last cd and happy that it is such a great one.

The first cd presentation in Horst is sold out, tickets for the gigs in EindhovenDeventer and Amsterdam are still available. Hope to see you there!

‘Devotie die je niet loslaat’

November 30th, 2010

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Four star review in national newspaper for Hela Hela

November 18th, 2010

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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