"This crowd funding event is to help two distinct projects : the direction of a film about Terakaft and the writing of a book, which title is "Terakaft, the caravan passes". The purpose is to support the promotion of the band, but we think that ir’s up to the band to choose what they want to show or to tell the world. This is a way to make decision ourselves and to feel free about it. The work that we shall deliver will be a strong basis to introduce Terakaft to the world.
The film will be added, as a DVD, to the next Terakaft’s record, due to next spring 2014. The recording sessions will happen in november, together with the direction of the film. The whole thing will be released on World Village / Harmonia Mundi through the world. This is why we really matter about what Terakaft can offer at his best to the public. Several tours are planned for next year, in Europe and in North America…”
Winner of the 2009 Grammy award for Best Traditional World Music, Mamadou Diabate takes kora playing in a contemporary direction with his CD titled Courage. Descended from a distinctive musical lineage in Mali, Diabate takes guidance from this quote in the CD liner notes: “… kora tradition has always put a premium on holding on to the old ways while constantly innovating and developing the art.”
In Diabate’s hands, the harp-like kora fits in jazz composition (“Macky”), evokes hypnotic cross-cultural mystique (“Kora Journey”), maintains tradition (“Kita Djely”), and becomes an amazingly versatile stringed instrument. Courage stands as a musical testament to the guidance contemporary musicians such as Diabate receive from the “old ways.” The album’s lack of vocals is actually a strength – it allows the music to speak for itself. Diabate is joined by a world-class crew.
“On Kel Tamasheq, Terakaft varies the rhythms to impart a thrilling sense of urgency on top of the usual mid-tempo articulations of stolid perseverance” - Time Out Chicago. On iTunes: http://ow.ly/n5WEn
"Terakaft released earlier this year their fourth album, simply named Kel Tamasheq (the Tuareg people). It’s packed full with great anthems. Any fan should be curious and excited to hear what the band would do with them in a live context.
The first songs made clear that it would be an upbeat and lively kind of performance. Traditional percussions and clapping vanished from the rhythm section but the syncopated guitars and the live drums did the job nicely.
The drums have actually been the main novelty of this tour. I had legitimate doubts before the show but drummer Nicolas Grupp, former Ibrahim Djo Experience member, naturally fitted in the music universe of the band.
As far as the set list is concerned, they played a broad range of songs. Some from their earlier repertoire (Arghane Manine), some from the latest one (Allah Fal Manin), some energetic tracks (Idiya Idohena) and some quiet ones (Allah Fal Manin). The intensity on stage slowly built up as the show went. So did the audience’s spirit…”
Guess who’s coming back to the U.S. this fall? Terakaft! They’re playing Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago and more, including The El Rey in L.A. on November 6! Check out their tour dates (click on ‘All Concerts’).
"We meet exiled Tuareg rock band, Terakaft, at a recent show in London.
Terakaft are a rock band in exile.
Al Qaida-backed Islamists seized control of their Tuareg homeland in northern Mali in early 2012. The new regime imposed a strict version of Sharia law and declared music forbidden — making it impossible for Terakaft to return to their home. The French army intervened in the crisis in January driving back the Islamists. Now terrorists have fled, but the nomadic band plays on – fighting for their culture and freedom through music…”
World Village has forged itself a reputation for excellence on the international musical scene in just a few short years. Seeking out talents from all around the world, carefully designed covers and booklets: these are the key values of the label, which is run by four producers working between France, the USA, Spain and the UK, who pursue an ambitious signing policy.
Jazz Village, the newest label in the Harmonia Mundi family, allows audiences to experience the best of current jazz music, from Europe to the Americas, from traditional to modern, through urban soul and new sound crossbreeds. On the menu: a dozen yearly releases featuring musical veterans, young idols and bright emerging talents.