Terakaft plays DROM in NYC on Saturday, March 9th!! Get your tickets!
Terakaft comes to the U.S. in March, including SXSW!! (Fingers crossed there are no visa issues…)
March 9 - DromNYC - New York, NY
March 10 - CSPS Hall - Cedar Rapids, IA
March 11 - The Cedar - Minneapolis, MN
March 12 - Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago, IL
March 13 - Le Maison Francaise - Washington DC
March 14 - SXSW Angers Official Party - Austin, TX
March 15 - SXSW Convention Center - Austin, TX
March 16 - SXSW Nat Geo Music Party - Austin, TX
March 17 - The Standard Hotel - New York, NY
Albeit said with an air of trepidation, the grip of militant Islamists in Northern Malian cities seems to be finally easing after months of uncertainty and oppression. With music and arts outlawed under the banner of extreme Sharia law, many artists, especially those of Touareg descent have been affected.
Meaning ‘caravan’ in Tamasheq, Terakaft hail from Kidal, Mali, and comprise of two original members of Touareg desert rockers, Tinariwen, including founder Diara.
Released before the conflict began in Mali, Terakaft’s fourth album Kel Tamasheq (reviewed in issue #87) was produced by Justin Adams and featured members of Lo’Jo. The band will be bringing their own twist on the ever-popular electric desert rock sound to London’s Cargo on April 10.
A group of independence-seeking Touaregs has said it will support the Malian government and French in the battle against the Islamists. The MNLA (Mouvement National pour la Libération de l’Azawad) said it was “ready to help” the French in their “attempts to end terrorism in the Azawad”. The Azawad is the northern region occupied by the Islamists.
“We totally support the French air campaign. Of course we are ready to help the French army work on the ground,” one of the MNLA’s leaders said on Monday.
Grammy award winners Tinariwen brought their unique blend of traditional Touareg music and rock and roll to Howard Theater in the U.S. capital recently. The group – which hails from the Sahara region of northern Mali – is touring to support its Grammy-winning CD “Tassili.”
Bassist Eyadou Ag Leche says winning the Grammy brought the group new fans – and Touaregs new attention.
“They call me “Nomadicat,” and they’re all very loving! Seriously, the Touareg are just incredible people. I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of their band of brothers. Cler Achel… with amazing friends.”
This was too funny not to post.
Tinariwen & TV On The Radio interviewed on The Colbert Report
Malian musical collective Tinariwen performed last night on US Comedy Central political satire show The Colbert Report where the host himself, Stephen Colbert, sat down for a brief interview with the band as well as Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe from TV On the Radio.
Here they discuss the Malian desert music scene, they’re favourite Western musicians and ending up in Qaddafi’s army training camp.
Watch their performances:
Best part of this is seeing Ibrahim smile. :)
“Tuesday, 11/29: Tinariwen
It was just Thanksgiving in the US, and so I have to give (even more) thanks to Stephen–and his bookers–for introducing me to music I did not previously know. While I try to stay abreast of major entries in the huge and amorphous category known as world music, I somehow had never heard of Tinariwen. I am now entranced by their gorgeous songs, and have already downloaded their albums to my iPod. That means they’ve gotten the Colbert bump even before they’ve gone on the show.
The group, which has been playing together since the 1980s and incorporates the visual iconography of the Touareg (or Tuareg—spelling varies) rebels in their costume and art, released its fifth album, Tassili, this past August. (You can buy it at iTunes, or at Amazon and BN.com.) This stunning recording, made in Algeria, focuses on acoustic instruments and percussion, and it features a number of guest musicians: Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band from New Orleans. Listen to the music and you’ll hear a number of influences, ranging from traditional Arabic drumming to American blues.
The members of Tinariwen hail from Mali, but most of them spent time in a refugee camp in Libya because of conflicts in their native country. It was in the camp that Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who witnessed the murder of his rebel father, founded the band. In those early days the group consisted of Inteyeden Ag Ablil, his brother Liya, Ag Ablil, and Hassan Ag Touhami. They were later joined by others–Keddou Ag Ossade, Mohammed Ag Itlale (aka “Japonais”), Sweiloum, Abouhadid, and Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni—who together formed a musical collective that sung about issues important to the Touareg people. Since that time, new and younger members have become part of the collective. Tinariwen’s story is quite incredible; they all received military training in Libya (mandated by Qaddafi), and some of the members participated in a Touareg revolt against the Malian government in 1990.
Tinariwen tours extensively, appearing at many music festivals around the world, including Bonaroo and Womex. They’re on the road right now.
Here’s a little more biographical information, plus a video and many reviews.
Hear them on NPR; this link leads you to a number of interviews.
Read about them in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Another video, LULLA, this time capturing the desert landscape where the nomadic Touareg tend to live. I love this. How beautiful are the dancers and the images?
Read a review of one of their performances; there’s also a link to a video embedded in the article.”
(Le clip est à chier, mais la chanson est géniale!) C’est l’histoire d’une hyène dont la démarche rappelle celle d’un rastaman… J’adore le desert blues… La guitare dans l’désert, y’a franchement pas grand chose de plus sexy que ça…
(The clip is awful, but the song is brilliant!) It’s the story of a hyena that walks like a rastaman… I like the desert blues… Guitar in the desert is one of the most sexiest thing in the world…