"…Live performances focus on a mix of two rhythm guitars (one to keep the beat, balanced with another that is soaring and sweet), while the deep tones of the bass hope to bring to mind the delicate but strong steps of a camel making its way through the wastelands.
The heavy, pulsating heartbeat of the percussion holds the songs together and completes the sound of Terakaft.
"We make music to send the message for our people," the band says. "It’s our battle, it’s our fight for our freedom."
Terakaft’s music is featured in the Al Jazeera filmOrphans of the Sahara. For more on the band, vist their official website: terakaft.bandpage.com ”
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…”
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"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!
"…"The first thing for me with the electric guitar, and it’s probably true for the Tuareg people, is the power of the sound," Ahmed said. "I understood at once how far the sound of a guitar could go throughout the desert."
Ablil and Ahmed realized how that sound could transform customary Tuareg instrumental roles.
"This style of guitar is called ‘assouf,’ and it means nostalgia," Ablil said. "It’s a mix of modern new discoveries with the guitar and more ancient ways of playing the instrument. The ancient music is called ‘tinde.’ It’s traditionally played by women and it’s played with percussion. We’ve taken that rhythmic information and brought it out on guitar."
Ahmed adds that Terakaft adapt other older Tuareg instruments and musical ideas they’ve heard during their journeys across North Africa.
"We’ve brought the imzad (a kind of Tuareg violin) to our modern music," Ahmed said. "Some of our musical phrases sometimes have a more Arabic or Andalusian origin than Tuareg. We have been traveling throughout Algeria and Libya, so their music has an influence on what we play…"
When: 8 p.m., Saturday
Where: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
TERAKAFT TOUR USA (by GYATBookings)
Check out footage of the band playing their WFMU session on Brian Turner’s show, which airs October 29 at 3pm EST.
Remaining tour dates: (go here for links)
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 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