A bass chord and a chorus of male voices open the dance, followed by youyous, cries and handclaps. Then a powerful female voice curls upwards under the dome of the Bouffes du Nord. On Saturday December 13th 2014, in Paris, Tinariwen brought the singer Lalla Badi together with an audience for something more, so much more, than a simple straightforward concert.
With this concert, that came at the very end of a tour comprising more than 130 dates, undertaken in part to promote their last album Emmaar, Tinariwen pay an extraordinary homage to the grandeur and vitality of Tamashek culture. The recording of that night will no doubt remain in the annals of music, just as it will remain carved in the head and heart of its audience.