Dahka Band is based in New York City. The musicians include drummer and percussionist Fatih Tabouche, bassist Jonathan Toscano and guitarist Muammer Aryar. The group plays original compositions influenced by traditional music from around the world, mainly North African and Turkey. Fatih Tabouche founded the band in 2012 after touring with such legends as the Gypsy Kings, Cheb Khaled, Safy Boutella and Gnawa Diffusion. Dahka Band’s musical influences include Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, Tiksim Trio and Cheikha Rimitti. Their catchy and danceable beats have been featured in the Village Voice,Time Out New York, Brooklyn Vegan, WNYC radio and NY1 television.
“The mighty-sounding Dahka Band is based in New York but its members are from Nigeria, Algeria, and Turkey – which means any given song can feature lyrics in Yoruba, Arabic, Turkish, or English. Whatever the language, the undeniably catchy and taut musicianship speaks for itself, as on the song “Hal Denya” – a spiritual call-out and a bouncy dance number wrapped into one.” – WNYC Radio