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Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis

Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis

Dudu Tassa is one of Israel’s most prominent singers-songwriters and a major figure in the country’s rock scene. Recently, Dudu Tassa has been making his name known on the international arena with a showcase at the 2012 Babelmed Music France and an extensive tour in the USA including showcases SXSW in 2014.

Dudu’s grandfather and great-uncle, known as the Al-Kuwaiti brothers, were the greatest composers and musicians in Baghdad during the first half of the 20th century. They were innovators and creators of modern Iraqi music, still highly esteemed in the Arab world in spite of their Jewish origin and the fact they left Iraq and immigrated to Israel in the 1950s. In the Kuwaiti album and show, Tassa salutes the Al-Kuwaitis with his powerful voice and innovative musicianship, singing their songs in Arabic and Hebrew, and integrating Iraqi, Middle-eastern and Israeli rock music in his own unique style known as “Iraq’n’roll”  (also the name of the documentary film made about Dudu Tassa).

Dudu Tassa and Nir Maimon received the ACUM prize 2012 for best musical production. In 2014 Dudu received the ACUM prize for Best Composer of the year. Dudu has collaborated with numerous prominent artists including Johnny Greenwood, Shlomo Artzi, Barry Sacharov, Yehudith Ravitz ,Yair Dalal and has been featured as an actor and musician in Israeli film.

 

 

“Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis was the most anticipated and ultimately exciting band I saw at SXSW”
– Michael Crockett, KUTX-FM/Latin & World Music

 

“Tassa rocked and transported you with his drone-influenced melodies.”
– Jason Gross, The BLOT

 

“Tassa is full of contradictions. On one hand there are the wonders he does with his guitar and his tough rocker look. On the other hand there are his soft voice and the intense and sensitive lyrics he sings with all of his heart. That combination, just like the one connecting rock n’ roll with oriental music, is what makes Dudu Tassa such a unique and beloved artist. You don’t want to miss his next concert, I know I want to see it again and again.”
– Dana Sax, Jpost

 

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