Takaleed North African Band

Arabic musicians for hire.
Takaleed, meaning tradition, is an ensemble led by master drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Abdelkader Saadoun, and features some of the most talented musicians from the Arabic world.

Takaleed North African Band's Bio

Takaleed, meaning tradition, is an ensemble led by master drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Abdelkader Saadoun, and features some of the most talented musicians from the Arabic world.

Abdelkader Saadoun comes from Algeria where he learnt to play Rai, the country’s native music. Saadoun brought Rai to the UK in 1988, and most recently formed Takaleed to showcase traditional Arabic music.

The band consists of four performers from different backgrounds who sing and play traditional instruments such as mandole and oud, as well as North African percussion including hadjoudj, bendir, derbouka, tambourine and djembe. They are a charismatic ensemble, who enliven audiences with their infectious rhythms and dynamic stage personality.

Abdelkader Saadoun has performed at major festivals and venues in the UK including the Womad main stage, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Trafalgar Square, The National Theatre open air festival, the Barbican’s Mediterranean music festival, and further afield including Thassos in Greece and the World Peace Music Awards in Bali.

“I am writing to convey my warm appreciation for the entertainment you kindly provided for our recent party. The Moroccan group on Saturday evening created just the right ambience for our dinner party and the entertainment was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. The event would not have been the same without their music and my husband and I are most grateful for their contribution. Our only disappointment was that we did not thank the groups properly before they departed and perhaps you will kindly convey our warmest thanks and comments – we really were delighted by them.”

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