• artist:Arabanda
  • featured artist:Laïla Amezian, Piet Maris, Théophane Raballand, Mathieu Verkaeren, Mattias Laga, Bart Maris, sam Ver
  • release year:2006
  • style(s):Arabic
  • country:Belgium
  • formats:CD (Compact Disc)
  • record posted by:Choux de Bruxelles
  • label:Choux de Bruxelles


Arabanda is a Brussels based music project
founded by singer Laïla Amezian and accordion
player Piet Maris. Their paths had crossed before
with Ishq, the classical arabic music project by
Weshm, but more importantly with the band Jaune
Toujours. Based on these experiences a more
elaborate collaboration seemed the logical thing to
do and Arabanda was born.

Arabanda proposes songs from the Arabo-
Andalusian repertoire. Laïla and Piet approach this
age-old repertoire in a fresh and singular way,
moulding it in their own arrangements and their
personal interpretations. Laïla's singing is
sometimes unconventional for this genre and the
characteristic style in which Piet plays his
accordion, supported by the rythm section of
drums and double bass and the brass and reeds
section, make Arabanda a very innovative project.

released in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland,
UK and Japan