The soundtrack of the Touareg revolution in Saharan North Africa was created by electric guitars. Plaintive rhythms created a unique desert blues whose lyrics raged against world indifference and evoked a longing for disappearing freedoms.
On their enthralling new album entitled Tassili, the renowned band TINARIWEN have set down their electric guitars and returned to the very essence of their art. Recorded in a protected region of the South-Eastern Algerian desert, the group returned to the roots of their music, with only acoustic guitars and unamplified percussion. During recording, the band was joined by Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of the band TV On The Radio. Later on, guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco) and the horns of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band contributed to create an album that reaches deep into the essence of TINARIWEN's sound while simultaneously opening itself to the surrounding world.
"The music of Tinariwen is at once exotic and familiar-- the scales and arrangements are as strange to our ears as the language they sing in, but there's a force operating on a more subliminal level that unites it to something rattling around inside anyone who was brought up on blues or rock & roll. It's music of longing and rebellion, weary wisdom and restless energy, and it sounds so, so good." - Pitchfork
TINARIWEN On Tour
Jul 07 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL Jul 08 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN Jul 09 Winnipeg Folk Festival Winnipeg, MB Jul 10 Winnipeg Folk Festival Winnipeg, MB Jul 12 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA Jul 13 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA Jul 14 Bimbos 365 Club San Francisco, CA Jul 16 Neumo's Seattle, WA Jul 17 Vancouver Folk Fest Vancouver, 02 Jul 20 HighLine Ballroom New York, NY Jul 21 Grassroots Festival New York, NY