Kasba

Kasba

 Amsterdam, North Holland, NLD
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Kasba is one of the leading bands in the Dutch Worldmusic scene. With the well received new album "Sodfa", what means "Coincidence" the band is now discovered by the international Worldmusic professionals: "a magnificent mix of traditional Moroccan instruments with pop, rock and jazz influences"

Biography

Kasba plays a mix of North African and Western music and has become in the last decade one of the leading groups in the non-Western music in the Netherlands. Kasba collaborated with many famous Dutch artists. Kasba also reached a number one hit in Morocco and the band was nominated for several awards in the Netherlands such as "Best Dutch wereldmuziekact. The new Kasba album Sodfa was recently released in which the group combines musicality and energy in a fabulous and sparkling mix. The album is well picked up by all leading Worldmusic DJ's. With the album Sodfa Kasba plays in the spring and summer of 2011 festivals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Morocco. Four songs from the new album can also be heard in the movie Pizza Mafia Tim Oliehoek to be seen from the 17th of February on in all major Dutch cinemas.

History
In 2002 Kasba was asked to play on the wedding of crown prince Willem Alexander and his wife Maxima. The concert was broadcasted in 64 countries and the Career of Kasba went up. Kasba played in TV shows and did radio performances. In the summer of 2002 Kasba released their first album Sidi Yahia. To promote this album they toured in Holland, Belgium and Morocco (Rawafid Festival Casablanca, Festival de Rabat, Festival de Raï Berkane and Festival Mawazine). The commercial Moroccan TV-channel M2 broadcasted live-registrations and RTM (Royal Television Maroc) paid a lot of attention to the group. Right after this tour the group played during the “Made In Holland” project in the well known royal theatre Carré in Amsterdam. After a year of playing in clubs and theatres in Europe, Kasba started to record their second album in 2003.
The album “Chouf Chouf” was released at the end of April, 2004. Dutch leading music magazines like Fret and OOR gave very positive reviews on the album and the album was voted in the top 20 of OOR’s best underground albums in 2004. In the summer of 2004 the video clip of "Yama Bomba" reached the number 1 position in Morocco and stayed there for more than three months.

Due to the success of their number one position in the Moroccan charts, Kasba was invited to open the exhibition "400 years Morocco – the Netherlands". Special guests on this exhibition were prince Willem-Alexander of Holland and Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco. The same year Kasba was asked to play at the Stay Close concert in Amsterdam after the assassination of film- and scenario writer Theo van Gogh along with Dutch leading pop groups. In 2005 Kasba recorded the leader song for the Dutch liberation day that was written by Thé Lau and recorded by Thé Lau, Blof, Kasba and Tasha’s world. The band toured Morocco for five weeks in the summer where Ikon television recorded a part for the documentary on the group.

In 2006 the documentary on the group was broadcasted on national television. In 2007 Kasba recorded and released the album “Zigzag. The album contains songs in the Arabic, English, French and Dutch language that handle about all different kind of subjects in life, with the recognizable “Kasba Tajine” sound as the band calls it. Oor magazine gave a great review on the album as well as www.musicfrom.nl. The remix by DJ Idriss of the track Bambara was 2 weeks number 1 in the FunX charts. Kasba was also nominated for best world music group in the Netherlands. In 2008 the band played the Mawazine festival in Morocco where also artists linke Whitney Houston, Juanes and Amr Diab were programmed. Also in 2008 they did a few try outs for their acoustic tour in 2009 together with artists like Eric Vaarzon Morel, Zoumana Diarra, Libertad Pozo Rodriguez and Omar Ka. In 2009 the acoustic album "Darna" was brought on the market and the album was played by all major World music radio channels. Kasba went on tour in Mexico in april of that year and played very succesfull concerts in Mexico City and Morelia. In 2010 Kasba played at the prestigious festival de Livre in Rabat and in the Autumn played live with the Metropole Orchestra on National Dutch Television. In 2011 the album Sodfa was released. With the album Sodfa Kasba plays in the spring and summer of 2011 festivals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Morocco. Four songs from the new album can also be heard in the movie Pizza Mafia Tim Oliehoek to be seen from the 17th of February on in all major Dutch cinemas.

Discography

2002 - Sidi Yahia
2002 - Made In Holland (Live in Carré, Amsterdam)
2004 - Chouf Chouf
2005 - Duizel Mij (Paul de Leeuw)
2005 - In Vrijheid (single for Dutch liberation day)
2007 - ZigZag
2009 - Darna
2011 - Sodfa

Set List

Moual
Baraka
N'sani
C'est pas ca
Moulana
Aouicha
Zorona
May doum
Temps perdu
Zina
Zine Zine
Salama
Salama