Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis


Dudu Tassa by Dudu Hasson
  • event type:WOMEX 16 Showcase
  • date:21 Oct 2016
  • time:21:45 - 22:30
  • city/area:Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
  • venue:Twin Stage B, Praza da Quintana
  • country:Spain
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Dudu Tassa grew up in Tel-Aviv in the 1980s and released his first album at the age of 13. Today he is one of Israel’s most prominent singer-songwriters and guitarists and a dominant figure on the Israeli rock scene. His latest project was born out of his research into the history of his Iraqi-Jewish family and is a tribute to his grandfather and great-uncle.

Known as the Al-Kuwaiti brothers, they were highly popular composer/musicians in Baghdad during the first half of the 20th century and are still today acknowledged as important influences on modern Iraqi music. Dudu interprets their songs in Arabic and Hebrew and integrates kanun, violin and cello into his electric rock band line-up to create a unique style, best described in the title of the documentary film about the project: Iraq’n’Roll!

Dudu Tassa - guitar, vocals
Nitzan Ben Canetty - violin
Neta Maimon - cello
Nir Maimon - bass
Ariel Qassus - kanun
Idit Mintzer - trumpet
Eyal Yonati - electronics
Barak Kram - drums