Terakaft interviewed by Dung Mummy Radio 6 November 2013 (by urckrecords)

Kill Radio interview from the Bootleg Theater last week.

The swirling beat achieved a momentum all its own, a combination of that Afropop sound for a body music that at times, brought to mind the Grateful Dead on camels. It was impossible not to sway and move to the beat, which we did throughout the 80-minute set, the two leads ominous in their burnoose headdresses, poker-faced, but breaking out into wide grins as the crowd began undulating as one. Music is an amazing international language filtered through different cultures and backgrounds, but still universal, and this show was the perfect example of our shrinking world. And while the band sung in their native Tamasheq (in which Terakaft means “caravan”), its pure pleasure came through without any translation necessary. It sure felt like we were being buffeted by the sounds themselves, a brisk wind sweeping through the sands of the Sahara, at once timeless and in the present, an exhilarating rush of pure out-of-body exultation. If we’re ever going to achieve global unity, music like this would be a good starting point.

HITS Daily Double: News

Terakaft’s Bootleg Theater reviewed on Hits Magazine!

Terakaft featured in Tempo: Arts & Entertainment from The Taos News for Ktaos Solar Center concert on Saturday:   “Henderson said they expect Terakaft’s performance to be ‘a little more rocking’ than Tinariwen, and says that the band ‘tends to jam a little bit more like Bombino’, stretching out, rather than clipping off, their songs.”

Terakaft featured in Tempo: Arts & Entertainment from The Taos News for Ktaos Solar Center concert on Saturday: 

“Henderson said they expect Terakaft’s performance to be ‘a little more rocking’ than Tinariwen, and says that the band ‘tends to jam a little bit more like Bombino’, stretching out, rather than clipping off, their songs.”

See you at the Bootleg Theater tonight in Silverlake! RSVP on Facebook if you’re going!

See you at the Bootleg Theater tonight in Silverlake! RSVP on Facebook if you’re going!

Tune in to KEXP tonight at 6pm PST for Terakaft’s Wo’Pop session!  Or if you’re near Santa Cruz, CA, catch them live at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall!

Tune in to KEXP tonight at 6pm PST for Terakaft’s Wo’Pop session!

Or if you’re near Santa Cruz, CA, catch them live at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall!

TERAKAFT at The Bootleg Theater - Facebook event
Terakaft’s LA show tomorrow has been changed from The El Rey to The Bootleg Theater. Come on out!
Check out their latest album Kel Tamasheq on iTunes!

TERAKAFT at The Bootleg Theater - Facebook event

Terakaft’s LA show tomorrow has been changed from The El Rey to The Bootleg Theater. Come on out!

Check out their latest album Kel Tamasheq on iTunes!

(via Terakaft brings hypnotic Tuareg music to Bay Area - San Jose Mercury News)
"Launched in 2001 by Tuareg guitarists Keddou Ag Ossad and Sanou Ag Ahmed, founding members of the acclaimed world music outfit Tinariwen, Terakaft has honed a leaner, more stripped-down approach by focusing on a quartet format marked by twin incantatory guitar lines.
The band next week makes its first California appearances since the release of last year’s well-received album “Kel Tamasheq” (World Village), with shows Monday at Ashkenaz in Berkeley and Tuesday at Don Quixote’s in Felton. While Ossad no longer tours with the band, Ahmed is still the guiding force with his guitar-slinging uncle Liya Ag Ablil (aka Diara), who also played an important early role in Tinariwen.
"I didn’t exactly leave Tinariwen," writes Diara in an email. "I was still part of the band in 2000, but I missed the international takeoff. Later on the band asked me to come back with them, but I preferred to go on with my nephews, who were also Tinariwen members."
The band’s name, which means “caravan” in Tamashek (also known as Amazigh), speaks to the nomadic roots of the Tuareg, the Berber people who ruled the vast expanses of the Sahara for many centuries, playing a vital economic and cultural role linking West and North Africa. Terakaft’s music celebrates the stark beauty of the desert, the preciousness of water and the importance of maintaining the values and customs that have preserved the Tuareg in the face of ongoing conflict…
Joining Terakaft on tour is Moroccan oud player and percussionist Brahim Fribgane, who has recorded with a diverse array of acts, including Harry Belafonte, Paula Cole, Club d’Elf, Leni Stern, DJ Logic and Morphine. Born and raised in Casablanca, he settled in New York City in the late 1980s, and while he’s never played with Tuareg musicians, he quickly found a great deal in common with his new bandmates.
"These guys speak the same language as I do," Fribgane says. "My ancestors are Amazigh, too. It’s the same language. I invited some Berber friends to the first concert, and they were totally impressed; they could speak fluently with these guys. And of course, the music is great, hypnotic and trancey, bluesy and funky, with all those slow, dark desert grooves. It’s so simple and so very deep…"

(via Terakaft brings hypnotic Tuareg music to Bay Area - San Jose Mercury News)

"Launched in 2001 by Tuareg guitarists Keddou Ag Ossad and Sanou Ag Ahmed, founding members of the acclaimed world music outfit Tinariwen, Terakaft has honed a leaner, more stripped-down approach by focusing on a quartet format marked by twin incantatory guitar lines.

The band next week makes its first California appearances since the release of last year’s well-received album “Kel Tamasheq” (World Village), with shows Monday at Ashkenaz in Berkeley and Tuesday at Don Quixote’s in Felton. While Ossad no longer tours with the band, Ahmed is still the guiding force with his guitar-slinging uncle Liya Ag Ablil (aka Diara), who also played an important early role in Tinariwen.

"I didn’t exactly leave Tinariwen," writes Diara in an email. "I was still part of the band in 2000, but I missed the international takeoff. Later on the band asked me to come back with them, but I preferred to go on with my nephews, who were also Tinariwen members."

The band’s name, which means “caravan” in Tamashek (also known as Amazigh), speaks to the nomadic roots of the Tuareg, the Berber people who ruled the vast expanses of the Sahara for many centuries, playing a vital economic and cultural role linking West and North Africa. Terakaft’s music celebrates the stark beauty of the desert, the preciousness of water and the importance of maintaining the values and customs that have preserved the Tuareg in the face of ongoing conflict…

Joining Terakaft on tour is Moroccan oud player and percussionist Brahim Fribgane, who has recorded with a diverse array of acts, including Harry Belafonte, Paula Cole, Club d’Elf, Leni Stern, DJ Logic and Morphine. Born and raised in Casablanca, he settled in New York City in the late 1980s, and while he’s never played with Tuareg musicians, he quickly found a great deal in common with his new bandmates.

"These guys speak the same language as I do," Fribgane says. "My ancestors are Amazigh, too. It’s the same language. I invited some Berber friends to the first concert, and they were totally impressed; they could speak fluently with these guys. And of course, the music is great, hypnotic and trancey, bluesy and funky, with all those slow, dark desert grooves. It’s so simple and so very deep…"

(via Terakaft - Live at Joe’s Pub - Afropop Worldwide)
"On Saturday night at midnight Terakaft took the stage at Joe’s Pub. The two guitarist bandleaders, Sanou Ag Ahmed and his uncle Liya Ag Ablil, better known as Diara, played their style of Tuareg rock with great consistency and feeling. The elder Diara had the stately stage presence of a respected and wisened veteran of the Saharan music scene. Sanou played with youthful energy, sometimes shaking to the rhythms as he sang and played his electric guitar. Both wore the traditional tagelmust (turbans) and robes of their people, the Kel Tamasheq.
Terakaft’s latest album is titled Kel Tamasheq, so cultural identity clearly plays a major factor in their musical and lyrical content. Terakaft’s name itself means “caravan” in Tamasheq, and during the concert they made reference to the Caravan of Peace, the loose association of musicians from Northern Mali who have traveled around the world in the aftermath of the violent struggle in their region…”
Catch them tomorrow in Denver at The Walnut Room!

(via Terakaft - Live at Joe’s Pub - Afropop Worldwide)

"On Saturday night at midnight Terakaft took the stage at Joe’s Pub. The two guitarist bandleaders, Sanou Ag Ahmed and his uncle Liya Ag Ablil, better known as Diara, played their style of Tuareg rock with great consistency and feeling. The elder Diara had the stately stage presence of a respected and wisened veteran of the Saharan music scene. Sanou played with youthful energy, sometimes shaking to the rhythms as he sang and played his electric guitar. Both wore the traditional tagelmust (turbans) and robes of their people, the Kel Tamasheq.

Terakaft’s latest album is titled Kel Tamasheq, so cultural identity clearly plays a major factor in their musical and lyrical content. Terakaft’s name itself means “caravan” in Tamasheq, and during the concert they made reference to the Caravan of Peace, the loose association of musicians from Northern Mali who have traveled around the world in the aftermath of the violent struggle in their region…”

Catch them tomorrow in Denver at The Walnut Room!

Check out some Facebook photos of Terakaft on the road!

Check out some Facebook photos of Terakaft on the road!

(via KEXP 90.3 FM - Wo’ Pop)
The Neumos show in Seattle is November 1st! Get tickets here! Tune in to KEXP’s "Wo’Pop" on November 5th for an on-air performance and interview! 6pm PST.

(via KEXP 90.3 FM - Wo’ Pop)

The Neumos show in Seattle is November 1st! Get tickets here!

Tune in to KEXP’s "Wo’Pop" on November 5th for an on-air performance and interview! 6pm PST.