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They’ve played at Glastonbury and Coachella and brought down the house at New Orleans’ legendary House of Blues. Bob Dylan, Coldplay and Carlos Santana are fans and in 2012, this nomadic group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali went to Hollywood to pick up their first Grammy award for Best World Music Album, making Tinariwen the first North African band ever to win the award.
Their sound is an eclectic mix of influences including Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, even Elvis, and of course their own traditional nomadic song. Hypnotic swirling guitars and rolling rhythms accompany Ibrahim’s vocals which translate to lyrics such as, “What have you got to say, my friends, about this painful time we’re living through?”
THE DESERT IS A PLACE OF HARDSHIP AND SUBTLE BEAUTY, A STARK WORLD THAT REVEALS ITS SECRETS SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY. LIFE IN THE DESERT IS RESILIENT AND STRONG, AND THE PEOPLE ARE GENTLE GIANTS AMONG THE SAND, STORMS, AND SUN. FOR SAHARAN BLUES BAND TINARIWEN, THE DESERT IS THEIR HOME, AND THEIR HYPNOTIC AND ELECTRIFYING GUITAR ROCK REFLECTS COMPLEX REALITIES OF THEIR HOMEBASE IN NORTH WEST AFRICA.
THEY ARE TUAREG, DESCENDED FROM NOMADIC PEOPLE WHO HAVE WANDERED THE DUNES FOR MILLENNIA, BUT THE MUSIC OF TINARIWEN TRAVELS TOO, REVERBERATING FAR FROM DUSTY PLAINS OF MALI. THEIR 2011 ALBUM TASSILI, RECORDED IN THE ALGERIAN DESERT — IN A TENT AND UNDER THE STARS WITH A ESTEEMED CADRE OF MUSICIANS INCLUDING NELS CLINE AND TV ON THE RADIO’S TUNDE ADEBIMPE AND KYP MALONE — WON A GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST WORLD MUSIC. NOW THEIR NEW RECORD EMMAAR RETURNS TO THEIR ROOTS, DELIVERING STRIPPED-DOWN DIRGES, EFFERVESCENT ANTHEMS, AND ABOVE ALL, A RETURN TO SIMPLICITY AND HONESTY.
Tinariwen comes from the plural of ténéré, “desert”. In Tuareg terms, the Sahara is not one desert but many, so they call it Tinariwen (“the Deserts”).
listen:https://youtu.be/bvFrCulCvgM TINARIWEN – TOUMAST TINCHA