#ThrowbackThursday Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis
A few weeks ago Paper Factory Hotel welcomed some special guests from Israel to our hotel in Long Island City, Queens.
Dudu Tassa is one of the most popular musicians in Israel known for his unique style of mixing traditional Arabic music together with a modern approach.
Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis were invited to New York City to perform in the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council’s Chamber (ECOSOC) for a special event hosted by many Jewish organizations together with the World Jewish Congress (WJC). The event was entitled ‘The Untold Story of 850,000 Refugees’ and its aim was to honor Jewish people who had been exiled from their Arabic homelands during a tough history with Arabic government.
“Eight hundred and fifty thousand Jews were forced to flee from Arab lands – and while they went on to raise families and have successful careers and give to their new communities – they never forgot the pain and humiliation of being torn from their homes.
“From this podium, in the heart of the Family of Nations, I call on the Secretary-General to appoint a Special Representative to establish a center of documentation. Collect the evidence to preserve history, document their firsthand accounts, and tell the story of the 850,000 Jews who were persecuted and expelled at the hands of the Arab nations.
-Ron Proser, Israeli Ambassador
If you can understand Hebrew, here’s a great video documenting the band’s journey to the United Nations, starting from their last rehearsal in Israel. In the video Dudu Tassa explains how important he felt being offered the opportunity to share the 100 year old Iraqi musical energy that had been passed down to him from his grandfather and uncle who were also a popular Arabic musicians, Daoud and Saleh.
If you can’t speak Hebrew, continue scrolling and keep reading.
“It’s very flattering to get to a place like this . But more than anything, I thought a lot about my grandfather and his music . After so many years , music and culture has been recognized this size – it’s not obvious. “
Dudu Tassa has been making music since his first album at age 13 entitled, “Loving the Songs.” Dudu has made several albums since then, many self-written and produced and some with the help of other talented writers, producers and musicians.
One of Dudu’s most popular collaborations was with Borgore, an Israeli electronic dance music producer and DJ known all over the world. Check out their hip, creative video below.
Dudu Tassa is now releasing his newest album, “Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis” which is heavily based off of the musical history of generations of the talented Tassa family. Check out one of the latest song from the album posted to their Facebook page. This song’s smooth, yet rich rhythm is easy on the ears and perfectly composed in honor of the Jewish Arabic musical history.
It was a great pleasure to have Dudu and some of the band members to join the Paper Factory Hotel team on our rooftop for a mini New York City skyline back-dropped photo shoot.
Here at the Paper Factory Hotel we never want to miss out on a chance to meet with our special guest artists and musicians. We look forward to having more international artists and musicians to stay at our hotel to experience the V.I.P. treatment.
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