Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis -Israel/Iraq
-cross-cultural Jewish-Arab project-
Style: Mighty grooving, rocky rough, earthy, discreetly angular in an optimal way, sporadically even psychedelically hallucinogenic Arab/Orient rock.
The music, directed by Dudu Tassa and his musical partner Nir Maimon, is dedicated to the legacy of Al-Kuwaitis, reviving their songs and integrating Iraqi, Middle Eastern and rock music in a unique style.
Singer and guitarist DuduTassa is one of Israel's leading rock stars and has played at such important festivals as the SXSW in Austin, Texas, the Sziget Festival in Hungary, the WOMEX Festival in Santiago de Compostela and the Coachella Festival in California.
The cult band Radiohead also invited Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis 2017 to support them on their US tour.
Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis
The formation of the group resulted from researching the history of his Iraqi Jewish family. So he also delved deeper and deeper into the music of his grandfather's and grand-uncle's Al-Kuwaiti Brothers, who were very popular in the Arab world between the 1930s and 1950s. Their music was later banned by Saddam Hussein in Iraq when the regime realized that Daoud and Saleh Al-Kuwait were Jews.
From countless recordings, Dudu Tassa chose pieces he believed could be modernized. This is how Iraq'n'Roll emerged as a popular form of Arab music.
Dudu integrated the box zither Qanun, violin and cello into his rock band to create a unique style that was described as mighty grooving or rocky rough, earthy, discreetly angular in an optimal way, sporadically even psychedelically hallucinogenic Arab/Orient rock.
An intriguing story and a marvellous set of music, Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis’ new album El Hajar gives us a great taste of history and a hopeful, inspiring and fascinating look into the future.
"It's like Rachid Taha plugged the chaabi music into a Led Zeppelin amp."
- Les INROCKS-F
„fascinating and hypnotic“