TINARIWEN PLAY METRO NOVEMBER 25
Formed in the 1970s by a young member of the Touareg rebel movement near Mali, Tinariwen was comprised of other aspiring musicians with the mission of writing songs about the rebellion and the aspirations of the Touareg people, and distribute the songs for free to anyone who had an empty cassette. The cassettes were taken back to camps and villages throughout the Sahara, and shortly thereafter the rebellion began, some say inspired by the music of this collective. After a short military life, the members of the band went back to being musicians and led relatively quiet lives. In 2001, they reunited to play the Festival In The Desert, and soon they were touring internationally.
Initially lauded by the world music scene and by African music aficionados, Tinariwen’s magic quickly began to work on those with little previous interest in those areas. The guitar licks, the grungy grimy desert sound, the arcane yet effortless rhythms, the striking turbans and robes, the wild rebel iconography, the scintillating exoticism of Kalashnikovs and Stratocasters, the glimpsed power of their poetry, so strange and yet somehow so thrillingly familiar…it all synched in with a general fatigue amongst adventurous pop and rock fans, exasperated with endless young drum-bass-and-two-guitars, indi-rock bands. Since then, the band has played hundreds of shows and released four albums, and is known and appreciated all over the globe.
The celebrated band is now on tour in North America in support of their powerful new album entitled Tassili in stores now. On their latest, the renowned “Touareg” band returned to the essence of their hypnotic desert blues sound. Recorded in the South-Eastern Algerian desert, the band is joined by Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio. Later on, virtuoso guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco) and the horns of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band contributed. The result is a simultaneously exotic and accessible sound that has garnered the group rave reviews. The band was profiled recently in the New York Times and Tassili debuted on the Billboard Top 200 its first week out and is currently #1 on the CMJ New World Chart.
You can view the group’s latest video for the song “Imidawan Ma Tenam” care of OkayAfrica.com. The clip was shot in Northern Mali and produced and directed by Patrick Votan. The song features guitar from the amazing Nels Cline of Wilco (recorded separately in Chicago) To view just go here!