Photos of Lo’Jo at SXSW’s International Day Stage last week. lojomusic

Photos of Lo’Jo at SXSW’s International Day Stage last week. lojomusic

(via SXSW Report | Live music recommendations - KansasCity.com)

"Four bands you should check out, all of whom played inside the Austin Convention Center on Friday afternoon.

Lo’Jo: They’re a six-piece from France, four men and two sisters, and their world-beat music has a heavy North African accent. It’s arranged in drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, melodica, violin, saxophone, kora and a variety of handheld percussive instruments. The lead singer’s voice is deep and resonant, like Leonard Cohen’s. The music is groovy and lively and easy to indulge in, especially when the sisters lay down some lovely harmonies…”

(via SXSW Report | Live music recommendations - KansasCity.com)

"Four bands you should check out, all of whom played inside the Austin Convention Center on Friday afternoon.

Lo’Jo: They’re a six-piece from France, four men and two sisters, and their world-beat music has a heavy North African accent. It’s arranged in drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, melodica, violin, saxophone, kora and a variety of handheld percussive instruments. The lead singer’s voice is deep and resonant, like Leonard Cohen’s. The music is groovy and lively and easy to indulge in, especially when the sisters lay down some lovely harmonies…”

Lo Jo @ SXSW 2014, Best of SXSW Live (by Rick Dalberg)

(via Twitter / DavidRDye: Saw France’s Lo’jo for 3rd …)

"Saw France’s Lo’jo for 3rd time in life. Deep, intense, big fun art. Magical crowd. 1 of best shows ever. #sxsw2014"

(via Twitter / DavidRDye: Saw France’s Lo’jo for 3rd …)

"Saw France’s Lo’jo for 3rd time in life. Deep, intense, big fun art. Magical crowd. 1 of best shows ever. #sxsw2014"

Next, DJ Anne Litt and I journeyed to a showcase of French bands. Lo’ Jo, a band that plays a blend of world music, including North African influence and French folk, had the crowd going absolutely wild.

SXSW Day 1: Jungle, La Femme, Lo’ Jo, Misun, Oil Boom, Young & Sick | KCRW Music Blog

Catch Lo’Jo’s other SXSW shows:

Thursday @ Flamingo Cantina, WOMEX Showcase (9-9:40 PM)
Friday @ International Stage, Convention Center (4-4:40 PM) and @ SpeakEasy (9-9:40 PM)

LO’JO - La Marseillaise en créole ( live ) (by AF87220)

Lo’Jo is coming to SXSW on March 11 through 14! They also play Johnny D’s in Somerville, MA on March 15 and Joe’s Pub in NYC on March 16! http://ow.ly/tZYxq

Details on two of their SXSW shows: March 13th WOMEX at Flamingo Cantina and March 14th globalFEST at Speakeasy! lojomusic

Mark your calendars for Lo’Jo’s North American tour dates in March! http://ow.ly/t5vaD Watch “Tout est Fragile”: http://ow.ly/t5vr6
3/7 - Palais Montcalm - Quebec City, QC 3/8 - l’Astral - Montreal, QC 3/9 - Small World Music Society - Toronto, ON 3/11-14 - SXSW - Austin, TX 3/15 - Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club - Somerville, MA 3/16 - Joe’s Pub - New York, NY

Mark your calendars for Lo’Jo’s North American tour dates in March! http://ow.ly/t5vaD Watch “Tout est Fragile”: http://ow.ly/t5vr6

3/7 - Palais Montcalm - Quebec City, QC
3/8 - l’Astral - Montreal, QC
3/9 - Small World Music Society - Toronto, ON
3/11-14 - SXSW - Austin, TX
3/15 - Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club - Somerville, MA
3/16 - Joe’s Pub - New York, NY

The most transfixing experience I had at this year’s South by Southwest Music festival in Austin, Texas, came courtesy of Terakaft, the Saharan desert blues band. The group, fronted by Sanou Ag Ahmed, dress much better than your average guitar band, wearing traditional keffiyeh nomad garb, and specializing in Ali Farka Touré-John Lee Hooker-Chuck Berry-inspired hypnotic drone-rock. Working in the tradition of other Northern African nomadic acts like Tinariwen and Bombino, Terakaft, whose name means “caravan” in Tamasheq, can be fairly transporting in their recording, but they’re utterly mesmerizing live. - Dan DeLuca

Terakaft play at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tuesday. Tickets: $18-$29. Phone: 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.

(via Terakaft – In Concert At FIP, Paris – 2013 – Nights At The Roundtable: Rock Without Borders Edition | Past Daily)
"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.”

(via Terakaft – In Concert At FIP, Paris – 2013 – Nights At The Roundtable: Rock Without Borders Edition | Past Daily)

"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.”

TERAKAFT ON TOUR IN THE U.S.
"The group’s guitar-based music is made from the same stuff, that hypnotic tension you can hear in American bands such as Television from the late 1970s, or Jimmy Hendrix from the late 1960s"
- NPR All Songs Considered: Essential Moments from SXSW

"two masterful guitarists laid down a hypnotic Saharan groove, along the Ali Farka Touré-John Lee Hooker-Chuck Berry continuum. Mesmerizing."
- Philadelphia Inquirer
 




Oct 18 - World Crash Arts: Johnny D’s - Somerville, MA
Oct 19-20 - Joe’s Pub - New York, NY
Oct 22 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
Oct 23 - Thunderbird Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 25 - Wexner Center - Columbus, OH
Oct 26 - Old Town School - Chicago, IL
Oct 27 - The Cedar - Minneapolis, MN
Oct 29 - Swallow Hill Music: The Walnut Room - Denver, CO
Oct 30 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 1 - Neumo’s - Seattle, WA
Nov 2 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
Nov 4 - Bimbo’s 365 Club - San Francisco, CA
Nov 5 - folkYEAH: Don Quixote’s - Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 6 - The El Rey - Los Angeles, CA
Nov 7 - The Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
Nov 8 - KTAOS Solar Center - Taos, NM
 
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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