Albeit said with an air of trepidation, the grip of militant Islamists in Northern Malian cities seems to be finally easing after months of uncertainty and oppression. With music and arts outlawed under the banner of extreme Sharia law, many artists, especially those of Touareg descent have been affected.
Meaning ‘caravan’ in Tamasheq, Terakaft hail from Kidal, Mali, and comprise of two original members of Touareg desert rockers, Tinariwen, including founder Diara.
Released before the conflict began in Mali, Terakaft’s fourth album Kel Tamasheq (reviewed in issue #87) was produced by Justin Adams and featured members of Lo’Jo. The band will be bringing their own twist on the ever-popular electric desert rock sound to London’s Cargo on April 10.