Pretty fantastic photos from their Paris concert on December 3rd!
Debademba is a group formed from the magical encounter of two fellow musicians: guitarist and inventive beat master Abdoulaye Traoré from Burkina Faso and Malian singer Mohamed Diaby, a charismatic griot. These colorful characters are, like the other members of the group, Parisian Africans who are very prominent on the capital’s cosmopolitan live music scene. The kind of music they make is modern and explosive, drawing from afrobeat, highlife and mbalax styles, with hints of Mandinka music mixed in, all combined with strong blues elements and the occasional nod to rock. Souleymane is a powerful manifesto and an invitation to celebrate.
Robert Plant | Zirka Part 1 | Malian Journey to and from Festival in the Desert 2003 (by Robert Plant)
Featuring music from Tinariwen, off Imidiwan: Companions and more!
Terakaft - Imgharen Win Ibda (“The Time of Our Elders”) (by Scott Lynch)
Live from the Walnut Room in Denver.
Zook Beat caught up with Terakaft during their recent US tour. This marked the second US tour for the band. A quartet of players - here to share the rebellious rock of the desert.
In this particular tour, due to visa issues the band consisted of two original members plus two recruits in NY.. though on stage, one felt that the group was as tight as in previous configurations.
The energy is high on stage yet trance like. Terakaft’s sound is primarily guitar-driven in the style known as assouf among the Tuareg people. Like another famous Desert Rockers Tinariwen, Terakaft chant and express in their music the nostalgic feel of the desert. It is the constant search for the unknown, the horizons of the desert, water, love, shelter, and community. The Temalshek people are nomadic; the recent political and religious situation in Northern Mali where Terakaft is from has affected the group’s life. The leader of the group Diara (once a member of Tinariwen) lives over the border in Algeria. When I spoke with him he expressed concern and bewilderment over the current state of affairs in Mali. Though he wants the nomadic lifestyle of Tuaregs to be protected, he hopes that Mali will be united again as one nation…”
Terakaft interviewed by Dung Mummy Radio 6 November 2013 (by urckrecords)
Kill Radio interview from the Bootleg Theater last week.
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’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!
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