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Masahat Festival: a celebration of the vibrant arts and cultural scene from the Arab world in a variety of events including concerts, debates, film screenings, artist talks, culinary experiences, reading circles, workshops and more.

Melahuset: en programmerende scene for flerkulturell kunst- og kulturuttrykk. Husets aktiviteter speiler mangfoldet i samfunnet og legger spesielt vekt på artister og kulturuttrykk fra landene som ved innvandring er godt representert i Norge.

Melahuset jobber for å øke kunnskapen og kompetansen om disse kulturuttrykkene, og for å skape rom for aktiviteter og opplevelser.



21/09/2023 kl. 20:00

TARABBAND is coming to Oslo for the first time to open Masahat festival 2023! The band’s name comes from the Arabic word Tarab, meaning “ecstasy through music”– and we promise you a no less thrilling concert!

Doors open: 20:00
Concert starts: 20:30

Join us on Thursday, 21 September at Melahuset and get ready to immerse yourself in a cross-cultural musical experience, sung in universal Arabic lyrics and performed with a fusion of folk and Middle Eastern melodies that make you want to leap out of your chair and dance.
Tarabband is a six-member group founded in 2008 by Iraqi-Egyptian Nadin Al khalidi and Swedish Gabriel Hermansson in Malmö, Sweden. With Nadin Al Khalidi’s charismatic and sensitive voice, Tarabband 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.
A unique live band with influences from North Africa, the Middle East and Europe – parts of the world where they have reaped enormous success, this year Tarabband is celebrating their 15th year anniversary with their fifth album «Yekhaf» – Arabic for «afraid of me». «Yekhaf» is based on human encounters and situations that the singer and lyricist Nadin Al Khalidi has been involved with in recent years.
The texts in Arabic weave together stories about people and life’s destinies that are going on in parallel in different corners of the world – in Malmö, in the Jordanian Wadi Rum mountains, in Iraqi Mosul, in Cairo and in Baghdad, where Nadin was born and grew up.
When the musicians in Tarabband meet, they together create vibrant and touching soundscapes that invite you to dance, feel and think of the stories behind the lyrics and the melodies.