I am officially obsessed with this band / album…
There’s a a group called Tinariwen, that performs what could be described as African “blues”. Blues is a vague word I suppose, since this isn’t blues as we know it in America, but it certainly has the spirit of blues, and from what I gather the personal anguish to back it up. Although they’re from Mali, They recently recorded their new album (stripped down from their usual electric fare), Tassili in the Algerian desert with a few lucky bastards that you might have heard of like Nels Cline (Wilco), Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio)… ❤ ❤ <3.
I can’t remember getting so excited by an album after hearing only a few measures of music. As anyone who knows me, probably knows of me, I have an affinity for 1960s / 70s Ethiopian Jazz… So blues from Mali, makes sense, i guess. I also happen to be in love with the desert… so a band by that name, has to fall in my good graces. I’m honestly ashamed that I haven’t been following this group my whole life, as they’ve been around longer than I.
Here’s a little more about the group according to their Wiki…
Tinariwen (Tamashek, t-i-nàriw-en “deserts”, plural of t-è-nere “desert”) is a band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. The band was formed c. 1979 in refugee camps in Libya but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. The group first started to gain a following outside the Sahara region in 2001, with the release of The Radio Tisdas Sessions, and the performances at Festival au Désert in Mali and at the Roskilde festival in Denmark. Their popularity rose internationally with the release of the critically acclaimed Aman Iman in 2007. Tinariwen’s biography has variously been described as “the most compelling of any band” (Songlines), “the most rock’n’roll of them all” (The Irish Times), “hard-bitten” (Slate.com), and “dramatic” (The Independent). The band is set to release a new album entitled Tassili on August 30, 2011.
I literally just heard about and bought their new album today, so I’m still in the discovery phase… will keep you posted as my favorite tracks emerge.