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photo Ammen Saeb


Arabic music from Sweden
Folk/WorldNordic Folk Alliance-19WOMEX-2019
Tarabband, a word game on Tarab and Band, is a six-member group founded in 2008 by Iraqi Egyptian Nadin Al khalidi and Swedish Gabriel Hermansson in Malmö, Sweden. A cross-cultural musical experience resonating tarab; the universal feeling when emotions and music become one.
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Tarabband’s music takes off from Malmö, travels via Paris and the Mediterranean to Cairo and Baghdad creating the band’s original compositions and sound. The group’s front figure and vocalist Nadin Al khalidi fled from Iraq in 2001 arriving to Sweden as a refugee. Her lyrics merge political and social topics along with questions around identity, survival and love; always striving for peace and tolerance between the different cultures. Weaving the personal element into the songs allows Tarabband’s Arabic young audience to relate and connect with Nadin’s lyrics in a way that is relevant with the current challenges young people are facing in the Middle East.  

Tarabband's debut album Ya Sidi - My Master was released in 2013 and travels between sufism, folk, flamenco, jazz and settles in tarab, the common denominator. Widely spread throughout the Middle east and North Africa, the album's first track Baghdad Choby is the group's ”visa” to the middle east's music scene. (Choby is an Iraqi rhythm).

2016 their second album Ashofak Baden was released and the group's third live-album The Palladium Concert was released in May 2019 and features the collaboration between Tarabband and Swedish chamber music orchestra Musica Vitae.

A unique and lively fusion where Arabic music traditions are transformed into a symphonic, magnificent experience.
Tarabband was awarded Sweden’s best world music group in 2017 gaining an ever growing fan base across the world especially in the middle east.

* Awarded ”Group of the year” Swedish World Music Awards 2017
* Nominated ”Best Folk” Swedish Manifest Gala 2017
* “Official showcase selection” Folk Alliance International (US) 2016
* “Official showcase selection” Visa For Music (Morocco) 2015

Nadin Al khalidi – lead vocals, saz, mandole, lyrics
Gabriel Hermansson - mandole, guitar, vocals
Filip Runesson – violin
Cassius Lambert - bass
Fredrik Gille – percussion, vocals
Valter Kinbom – percussion, vocals

Booking & contact:
Nadin Al Khalidi