NO Blues is a Dutch band, founded in 2004, that combines Oriental roots music and American folk blues.
In 2004 Rob Kramer – artistic director of Productiehuis Oost-Nederland – invited three string virtuosos for a three-day session that should result in one joint concert. The spontaneously developed synergy between Anne-Maarten Van Heuvelen (bass), Ad Van Meurs (guitar) and Haytham Safia (u’d – Arabic lute) lead to hundreds of shows and four NO blues albums.
In 2007 NO blues becomes a quintet with the advent of Sudanese percussionist أسامة مليجي (Osama Meleegi) and vocalist and producer Ankie Keultjes.
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