DUDU TASSA & THE KUWAITIS - Arab/Orient-Rock from Israel

DUDU TASSA & THE KUWAITIS is the Israeli band that opened Coachella festival 2017 and was chosen by Radiohead as its support act for 2017’s spring tour of the USA. With the release of the new album „El Hajar“ in 2019, the band is ready to enter the global stage.

DUDU TASSA, one of Israel’s leading rock stars, is the grandson of Kuwaiti musician Daoud Al-Kuwaiti, whose musical collaborations with his brother Saleh as the Al-Kuwaiti Brothers became famous in the Arabic world between the 1930s and 1950s. Their music was later banned in Iraq by Saddam Hussein during his regime when he discovered that the singers were not Arabic, but Jewish. Being of Iraqi-Jewish (and Yemeni) descent, Tassa’s exploration of his roots revealed an amazing musical history.

DUDU TASSA has released 12 albums, the first of which when he was only 13 years old. He has collaborated with many prominent artists, composed for television and cinema and has featured as actor and musician in Israeli films. His concerts are sold out weeks in advance.

Having spent the last two decades gaining a reputation for his own original work, DUDU TASSA one day came across a box of old tapes by his grandfather and great-uncle.

The Al-Kuwaiti Brothers were among the greatest composers and musicians in Baghdad during the first half of the 20th century, considered innovators and creators of modern Iraqi music, who also helped to establish Bagdad’s original broadcasting authority. They were among the King’s favourite singers at that time and regularly performed at palaces and stadiums. Their songs remain popular in the Arab world today.

In the 1950s they emigrated to Israel, where they resorted to a humble existence, selling appliances in a market by day and playing music mostly in private and on rare occasions at a wedding.

On his albums with DUDU TASSA & THE KUWAITIS, “Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis” (2011), “Ala Shawati“ (2015) and his 3rd release “El Hajar” (2019), TASSA turns his powerful voice and innovative musicianship to salute the Al-Kuwaiti Brothers, the ground-breaking mid twentieth century Iraqi band featuring his grandfather and great uncle.

Tassa sings their original songs in Iraqi Arabic and integrates Iraqi, Middle-Eastern, and Israeli Rock music, his own distinctive style has been shown in the impressive "Iraq'n'roll" documentary film at numerous documentary film festivals.

Dudu Tassa (voice, guitar)
Adel Jubran (Cello)
Ariel Qassus (Qanun)
Barak Kram (Drums & percussions)
Loay Naddaf (Violin)
Nir Maimon (Producer & Bass Guitar)
Nissren Kadre (Vocal)

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Tassa, who hadn’t known his grandfather, listened to hundreds of Al-Kuwaiti Brothers’ songs on old records and tapes of his mother’s and began choosing tracks he felt he could modernise and combine with his own sound. His project resulted in first two albums: Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis (2011) and Ala Shawati (2015). ‘Wen Ya Galub‘, the lead off single from debut album Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis, was the first Arabic song to be playlisted on the largest, premier radio station in Israel.

Both recordings, helmed by TASSA and his musical partner Nir Maimon, salute the Al-Kuwaitis legacy, revive their songs and integrate Iraqi, Middle-Eastern, and rock music in a unique style. The songs were recorded in Iraqi Arabic, which TASSA learnt especially for the project. On both albums, TASSA hosts Jewish and Arab singers and performers, from Israel and Iraq (including the notable singer and champion of Iraqi music, Ismail Fadel). Now, “El Hajar“ marks the third album in his series and the first to be released in Europe.

DUDU TASSA & THE KUWAITIS is not merely about the powerful voice, musicianship and energy of the performers, but also about doing justice to an important chapter in the history of popular Arabic music.

The recording of the first album was documented in “Iraq’n’roll” (2011), a film which tells the story of reviving the Al Kuwaiti Brother’s music and was screened at many international film festivals.

The project received praise from all around the world, including the countries that serve as the roots of this music, Iraq and Kuwait. Since then, has performed at the Babel Med Music Showcase in France, toured in the United States, including a SXSW Showcase, and played at Womex, the Colours of Ostrava Festival, Sziget Festival in Hungary, and a show at the United Nations building in New York celebrating the cross-cultural nature of the project.

An intriguing story and a marvellous set of music, DUDU TASSA & THE KUWAITIS album “El Hajar” gives us a great taste of history and a hopeful, inspiring and fascinating look into the future.

OqueStrada - Fado-Swing

OqueStrada renews and changes the traditions of Portuguese music. OqueStrada´s music comes from the suburbs, bars and shady corners of Lisbon. Far from music studios this unlikely group has created a reputation on the road. The six musicians have taken the name Oquestrada, a neologism mixing "orquestra" and "estrada" (road), yet, more than just a contraction, this represents a new horizon and a new ambition.

"Changing paths that’s what we love!" proclaims singer Marta Miranda in "Tourner en Rond", a strange rustic rap that flirts with melodic folk. And my god it moves in all directions!

Their nomadic swing travels long distances with a little melancholy in their rucksacks, a good sense of offbeat humour and tickets of acidic humour in their suitcases, or rather trunks, which exude scents from around the world. The fununa from Cape Verde, the Congolese semba, the Argentine tango, their home fado, French musette, jazz and ska impregnate the music as they sing in Portuguese, Creole, Spanish, French and English. Oquestrada is an eclectic bazar that’s completely unique, just like the instruments they’ve put together (including washtub bass and percussion chair) and like the style they’ve created, the Tasca Beat!

More than music, it’s the soundtrack of a country in transition, a surrealist cabaret where the Saudade combines with glimpses of the future.

OqueStrada developed with songs like "Oxalá Te Veja", "Creo carino" and "Se’sta Rua fosse minha" cult-status in Portugal. International TV- and radio features like the German Late Night Show INAS NACHT and ARTE TV, Metropolis led them to international success. OqueStrada played in Spain, Germany, Austria and France and at the "Creation of Peace Festival" in Kazan, Russia in front of 80.000 people. In 2012 OqueStrada was invited to perform as the first portugues music groupe ever, next to Seal, Jennifer, Hudson and Ne-Yo at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

Ashia Bison Rouge (Ambient-Sounds)

With Cello, Loopstations, effects, and her "powerfully expressive voice" (Berliner Morgenpost), Ashia Bison Rouge creates a whole world made of sounds, rhythms, moods and moving melodies. Dreamy, dynamic pop songs and rhythmic, electronic style pieces are connected by layers of ambient sounds to create what she calls a ‘Song Archipelego’ in her live shows. All the songs and compositions are performed live in the moment and only with her instruments and effects: no electronics, and no synthesizers. Think of it as an Organic-Cello Orchestra Concert! Her style at times comparable to the Portland Cello Project, Zoe Keating, as well as other cello based performers including 2 Cellos.

Ashia Bison Rouge is inspired by nature, ancestry, movement, and dance. Next to her solo-project she has performed with Cirque du Soleil, created pieces for Base Berlin Artistik, Chameleon Theater, and performs a key cello-playing-acting-singing role in the ‘acrobatical’ "Der Helle Wahnsinn". She was born in Wroclaw. Poland, then grew up near Seattle/Portland, USA, and currently lives in Berlin, DE. In Spring of 2015 Ashia Bison Rouge had the honor to perform her solo songs with the Salem Chamber Orchestra in Salem, Oregon. She has also performed with the Songbird Collective, Portland Cello Project, Arstidir, Vagabond Opera, and Jherek Bischoff.

Hazmat Modine (Blues jazz roots crossover)

Hazmat Modine draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20’s and 30’s through to the 50’s and early 60’s, blending elements of early Blues, Hokum Jugband, Swing, New Orleans R & B, and Jamaican Rocksteady. The band is fronted by Wade Schuman’s harmonica and singing and includes sousaphone, guitars, and percussion, saxophon, trumpet, trombone, banjitar, banjo and Hawaiian steel guitar. The band’s sound reflects musical influences ranging from Jazz to Rockabilly and Western Swing to Middle-Eastern, African, and Hawaiian musical styles. They have collaborated with Natalie Merchant, Tuva’s Huun Huur Tu, the Kronos Quartet and Benin’s Gangbe Brass Band.

Since their debut album "Bahamut" (2007), Hazmat Modine performed about two hundredfifty concerts in 20 European countries, playing well-known festivals like Jazzfest Vienna, Copenhagen Jazzfestival, Berlin Jazzfest, Stockholm Jazz Festival and many others. . As well the band appeared on festivals in the US, Canada, Russia, Borneo, Brasil, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Their album, Cicada (2011), reached number one on the European World Music Chart, WMCE. Cicada was also nominated for a BBC award and received the Charles Cros Grand Prize in France for the Best Blues Album in 2011. In addition, Hazmat Modine has the song „Bahamut“ from their first album featured in the Oscar-nominated movie "Pina" by Wim Wenders (2011), and they created and performed the soundtrack for the award-winning documentary “Windfall” (2012). Their new CD Extra-Deluxe-Supreme (2015) was released in Europe (Jaro) and in the U.S.

In 2016 Hazmat Modine celebrated their 10th anniversary year of performances in Europe.

In cooperation with Jaro Medien

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