Get your tickets to see Terakaft in San Francisco!
(via Afropop Worldwide)
"The desert rockers Terakaft are playing at Joe’s Pub on October 19th at 11:55pm and we’ve got a pair of tickets that you could win. Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Terakaft Ticket Giveaway” and your name for a chance to see the Saharan group live for free. Terakaft, which means “caravan” in the Tamasheq language, was formed in 2001 by Sanou Ag Ahmed, who learned to play the guitar as a young refugee in Tamanghasset.
Terakaft has deep ties to the now legendary group Tinariwen. Sanou founded Terakaft with Kedou, one of Tinariwen’s formative members. The group is currently led by Sanou’s uncle Liya Ag Ablil AKA Diara, another formative member of Tinariwen. Diara and Sanou both played on Tinariwen’s 2009 album Imidiwan: Companions, and Sanou contributed the song “Iswegh Attay” to Tinariwen’s latest record, Tassili.
Terakaft’s own last album, 2012’s Kel Tamasheq means “Speakers of Tamasheq,” a term often preferred for self-designation over “Tuareg.” Though they have roots in the same Ishumar tradition as Tinariwen, Terakaft have developed a style of their own– a distinctively fast-paced electric guitar-based sound. Check it out for yourself in the video below…”
"You’ve probably heard about Terakaft this year. Described as the next generation of Mali‘s Desert Bluesmen, they did a small tour of the U.S. earlier this year, playing SXSW and becoming a surprise hit in the process. They are also coming back to the U.S., with gigs in Los Angeles (at the El Rey Theater) in November and several other cities.
But what you’ve most likely heard about Terakaft is they have been banned in their native Azawad, Mali. The members of the group are currently living in exile in Algeria. With the new, insane fundamentalist regime having taken over, they have decided all Western and non-devotional music be outlawed and Militants have been spotted burning amplifiers, instruments and threatening musicians with amputation and death if they continue doing what they love. And you think getting a band together is tough here … . .
Needless to say, the world (at least the sane, rational part of it) has come to the rescue by shedding light on this lunacy. And in the process, has made some startling discoveries from a world of music a lot aren’t all that familiar with.
Terakaft are an amazing group of talented musicians. To say they are virtuoso guitarists is an understatement. They play an intoxicating mixture of East and West and all with such subtle, effortless grace and such avoidance of theatrics that their performances are mesmerizing.
This concert, recorded by Radio France – FIP and performed at FIP studios’ auditorium to a sold-out crowd, gives ample evidence of how truly unique this group is. It was recorded on April 4th of this year.
They are coming to L.A. in November. Get tickets now. Check their tour schedule and see if they are playing where you are. See them and experience them.
Despite all the insanity going on in the world – there are parts that are magnificent. Celebrate those.”
"two masterful guitarists laid down a hypnotic Saharan groove, along the Ali Farka Touré-John Lee Hooker-Chuck Berry continuum. Mesmerizing."
Terakaft (meaning “caravan” in Tamasheq) is a genuine desert rock band, sculpted by the pure searing air and the endless rolling sands of the Sahara. The stark, harsh conditions of the Sahara have permeated their wild riffs, and as a result, Terakaft is the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today. They have taken the electric guitar and made it their own.
Terakaft was formed in 2001 by Sanou Ag Ahmed, then based in Kidal, Mali, with Kedou Ag Ossad. Kedou was a member of the original line-up of Tinariwen, as is Liya Ag Ablil (aka Diara), Sanou’s uncle, who joined the band in 2006. Diara was known for his fierce and passionate style of rock’n’roll guitar playing. He played with Tinariwen for almost 20 years, but stepped back just before the group started touring internationally.
Terakaft recorded their first studio album Bismilla, The Bko Sessions in four days at the legendary Bogolan Studios in Bamako, Mali. Following its release in 2007, they went on their first European tour with a line-up of: Sanou, Kedou, Diara and Rhissa Ag Oghram on the bass.
Terakaft’s second album and World Village debut, Akh Issudar, was produced by Jean-Paul Romann (Tinariwen, Lo’Jo) and released in 2008. Rhissa, who had left the band prior to the recording, was replaced that year by Jean-Louis Livenais (of Akeikoi). It was a Best Album of 2008 on NPR, The Village Voice, Emusic and Pitchfork, among others. The album was also a station favorite at Los Angeles station KCRW, landing on the Top Tunes list.
Kedou left Terakaft in 2008 as he preferred to remain in the desert, and Diara stepped in as leader of the band. The band was then joined by Abdallah Ag Ahmed, Sanou’s younger brother, making Terakaft a true family band. Abdallah became the bass player of the band. The group has changed drummers several times, most recently performing with Pino Desperado.
Terakaft’s original roster of songs was mainly written by Diara and his brother, Inteyeden Ag Ablil, a Tuareg legend and another founder of Tinariwen. Inteyeden passed away in 1994, but his influence is still felt and heard today in the music of both Tinariwen and Terakaft. The newer and more modern- sounding Terakaft tracks have been written by Diara, Sanou and Abdallah, and have a more “pop” sound in the true sense that it is “popular” music, listened to and sung every day by Tamasheq youth.
The group’s 2011 release Aratan N Azawad, was a Songlines Top of the World disc praised by the likes of the Financial Times, Uncut Magazine, fRoots and Rhapsody. It was also recently included in Songlines’s Top 25 Mali Albums. Their latest album Kel Tamasheq, produced by Justin Adams, topped the World Music Charts Europe for three months in 2012 and received rave reviews from Songlines, The Observer, The Independent, The Chicago Reader and Time Out Chicago, among others.
The group toured in the U.S. in the spring of 2013 (with drummer Mathias Vagunez of Akeikoi), and played several shows at SXSW, for which they were featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and National Geographic Music.
Liya Ag Ablil (Diara) - guitars, vocals
Sanou Ag Ahmed - guitars, vocals
Abdallah Ag Ahmed - bass, guitar, vocals
"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…”
Terakaft tours the U.S. in October and November! With stops in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more: http://ow.ly/o4ejd (Click on ‘All Concerts’)
“cycling guitar licks and stabs, clopping percussion, and syncopated hand claps…they’re a seasoned unit” - The Chicago Reader.
“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