Tag Archives: Laissez Passer

Event Review: TootArd @ Rich Mix (London; 31st January 2018)   

Event Review: TootArd @ Rich Mix (London; 31st January 2018)  

There are hardly any better ways with which to illustrate the concept of ‘upbeat’ than by narrating a TootArd show. The band, hailing from the Golan Heights, with its heartening music, are the best answer to the decades of political troubles and social struggles burdening the region, and one of...
Interview: TootArd – Playing on the Borders (January 2018)

Interview: TootArd – Playing on the Borders (January 2018)

Politics is intrinsic to the Golan Heights landscape. The region, disputed by Syria and Israel since the mid-1960s, lingers in an unresolved state, which influences its people’s everyday life, culture, and music. That is why, even if you do not want to be meddled and muddled with politics, you inevitably...
Album Review: TootArd – Laissez Passer [Glitterbeat Records]
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Album Review: TootArd – Laissez Passer [Glitterbeat Records]

I first heard of TootArd (Arabic for ‘strawberries’) in my Casablanca apartment in the wake of the Arab Spring, with their first hit Ruh Bladi. Released in 2011, the group’s reggae-influenced first album Nuri Andaburi took the band to perform over the Golan Heights, and in Jerusalem, Palestine, and beyond....
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