Get ready for the contemporary Iraqi street sound!
The three Iraqi musicians of Babylon Trio arrived in Belgium in 2015 and 2016 as refugees of the political unrest in Iraq. Arkan Mushtak hails from Baghdad, where since his childhood he has been shaped into a talented keyboard/piano player by Iraqi master composer Noor Sabah. He is accompanied by fellow musicians Saif Al-Qaissy (digital percussion, djarbouka and backing vocals), Walaa Saad (vocals) and occasionally Mohammed Algareb (guest percussion). Together they play an electrified mix of contemporary Iraqi music styles, such as chobi chobi, dabke, maqam and electronic hybrids that put the dancefloor on fire. After the summer, the trio will release their debut album titled ‘Habibi’ on Brussels label Rebel Up Records, with the help of Rebel Up, NGHE, cultural venue Les Ateliers Claus and Angstrom studio in Brussels. Get ready for the contemporary Iraqi street sound!