Hello, we still find ourselves in an environment that gave rise to the worlds monotheistic religions be it on the Arabian peninsula, here we stay in the Saharan/Sahel band stretching from the West-Atlantic coast to the highlands of Ethiopia in the east of the continent, a vast area where fresh water tends to come at a premium , where the sun is burning down during daytime and nighttime can be cold, where the moon is the sole light source apart from the warming campfires. Is it any surprise then that singing and making music together lifted the spirits of those gathering in these desolate landscapes.
Today more from Mali, some of the bandmembers got arrested in August 2012, an Ansar Dine spokesman announced: "We do not want Satan's music. In its place will be Quranic verses. Sharia demands this. What God commands must be done." Well the French kicked these Taliban out so Tinariwen could continue. Same goes for todays other bands another Touareg band Toumast. Alkibar Gignor also stems from Northern Mali but their music is distincly differennt to the two Touareg bands.......N'joy
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In 1998, Tinariwen came to the attention of the French world music ensemble Lo'Jo, who traveled to a music festival in Bamako and met two members of the Tinariwen collective. Important was the then manager, Philippe Brix, today manager of Terakaft, a similar group. In 1999 some members of Tinariwen traveled to France and performed with Lo'Jo under the name Azawad. The two groups organized the January 2001 Festival of the Desert in Essaken, Mali with Tinariwen as the headliners, and in close cooperation with the Belgian Sfinks Festival. The festival brought much outside attention to Tinariwen. By the end of 2001, Tinariwen had performed at WOMAD, Roskilde, and the South Bank in London. Their debut CD, The Radio Tisdas Sessions, was recorded by Justin Adams and Jean-Paul Romann at the radio station of the same name (the only Tamashek-speaking station in Kidal, Mali) and released in 2001. It was Tinariwen's first recording to be released outside of northern Africa.
Since 2001 Tinariwen have played over 700 concerts in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia; including festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Roskilde, Paleo, Les Vieilles Charrues, WOMAD, FMM Sines, and Printemps de Bourges. Their 2004 CD Amassakoul ("The Traveller" in Tamashek) and its 2007 follow-up Aman Iman ("Water Is Life" in Tamashek) were released worldwide and gained the notice of celebrity fans including Carlos Santana, Robert Plant, Bono and the Edge of U2, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Henry Rollins, Brian Eno, and TV On The Radio. In 2005 Tinariwen received a BBC Award for World Music, and in 2008 they received Germany’s prestigious Praetorius Music Prize.
Also since 2001, the Tinariwen collective has added several younger Tuareg musicians who did not live through the military conflicts experienced by the older members but have contributed to the collective's multi-generational evolution. New members include bassist Eyadou Ag Leche, percussionist Said Ag Ayad, guitarist Elaga Ag Hamid, guitarist Abdallah Ag Lamid, and vocalists Wonou Walet Sidati and the Walet Oumar sisters. The band's 2009 album Imidiwan (Tamashek for "Companions") was recorded in a mobile studio by Jean-Paul Romann in the village of Tessalit, Mali.
In 2010, Tinariwen represented Algeria in the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. In July 2011 the collective set out for a new world tour that will include performances at the End of the Road Festival in September and All Tomorrow's Parties in December. They completed 24 performances in the United States of America from September 30 until December 1, 2010. Three members of the group appeared on the The Colbert Report on November 29, 2011 with TV on the Radio to play "Tenere Taqqim Tossam" and "Imidiwan Ma Tenam" from their 2011 album Tassili The album later won the Award for Best World Music Album at the 54th Grammy Awards
Imidiwan Companions saw the band reunite with Jean-Paul Romann, the producer of their 2001 album The Radio Tisdas Sessions. The album received generally positive reviews. Imidiwan also won the 2009 Uncut Music Award for being "the most inspiring and richly rewarding album of the last 12 months"
Tinariwen - Imidiwan Companions (flac 366mb)
01 Imidiwan Afrik Tendam 3:32
02 Lulla 3:50
03 Tenhert 5:29
04 Enseqi Ehad Didagh 5:41
05 Tahult In 4:10
06 Tamodjerazt Assis 4:52
07 Intitlayaghen 4:49
08 Imazeghen N Adagh 3:46
09 Tenalle Chegret 5:44
10 Kel Tamashek 3:17
11 Assuf Ag Assuf 4:54
12 Chabiba 3:22
13 Ere Tasfata Adounia/Desert Wind 9:17
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From a Toumast biography, "The Touaregs occupy a huge territory that stretches from central Sahara – southern Libya to southern Algeria – to the North of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. During the past decades, their society underwent transformations that deeply modified their pastoral and trading economy as well as their political life. At the beginning of the 1960's, while the Touaregs expressed in vain their refusal to be attached to the states of Niger or Mali, the decolonization deprived them of true independence and their territory was parted between different states. The authoritative and repressive policy of the governments of Niger and Mali radicalized furthermore their positions.
In the 1970's and 80's the region was struck by several periods of drought, forcing the touareg population to exile to southern Algeria and southern Libya. It then became customary to call the young Touaregs looking for work, ishumar, a term borrowed from the French "chômeur", meaning unemployed. Going from city to city the Ishumar lived an itinerant life along with the tormented story of the Touareg Liberation Front that was growing clandestinely. Their particular culture is forged outside of the camps and the cities, far from their families. The Touareg Liberation Front launched an offensive in 1990 against the northern regions of Mali and Niger. The conflict officially ended in 1992 in Mali and 1995 in Niger when the regimes became more democratic.
The first ishumar band, founded in Libya and Algeria around Intiyeden and Ibrahim Abaraybone, is called Tinariwen. They draw their inspiration from traditional melody lines. Their militant lyrics describe their adventurous way of living and formulate vibrant calls to mobilize the younger generation that remains in the country. These itinerant musicians perform during night festivities in shantytowns. Their songs are then recorded on tapes, duplicated, exchanged or offered, spreading the word of the Ishumar in all of the touareg region, in camps as in cities. Toumast was founded in the 90's around Moussa Ag Keyna. In 1993, after years of combat and resistance, Moussa is severely wounded and evacuated to France, later joined by Aminatou Goumar. His encounter with composer, arranger and producer Dan Levy in Paris will be the starting point to the recording of the album." It is a testimony about the years of combat and disillusion experienced by the Touaregs. The songs contain topics precious to the Ishumar: the nostalgia of the nomadic life, love, the bitter taste of exile and the criticism of politics.
Toumast - Ishumar (flac 305mb)
01 Ikalane Walegh (These Countries That Are Not Mine) 5:00
02 Tallyatidagh (That Girl) 5:48
03 Innulamane (The Falcon) 4:47
04 Ammilana (O My God, O My Soul) 5:43
05 Ezeref (The Camel) 3:11
06 Dounia (Life) 6:38
07 Maraou Otan (For Twelve Moons) 5:31
08 Kik Ayittma (Hey! My Brothers!) 7:27
09 Amiddinine (Oh My Friend, Oh My Friend!) 6:05
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The war-torn and stupidity Mali has one of the richest cultural traditions in the world. Thus Djenne known for its clay architecture, while the masks of the Dogon insipiratie formed for elements in the work of Pablo Picasso. Timbuktu, for many known only from the Donald Duck, centuries ago housed the largest library in the world.
We are introduced to the new generation of Northern Mali, Alkibar Gignor. So named because they learnt their trade under the guidance of Afel Boucoum, juniors to the great musician and his band Alkibar. That was back in 2003. They got their major break in 2006 when they opened the now defunkt Ali Farka Toure Festival. Much to the amazement of the organisers, the young band took to the stage to play their "Hommage to Ali Farka Toure" communicating directly with his children, singing his praises and encouraging the children not to be too sad at his passing but to celebrate the life they enjoyed. By all accounts everyone was in tears at the end of their set including the town's marabout - "Hommage" is now a North Malian anthem and made available to an international audience through an earlier Sahel Sounds release,"Ishilan N-Tenere - Guitar Music form the Western Sahel".
Probably it is the Malian music, Ali Farka Touré to Tinariwen and Amadou & Mariam, for Westerners the clearest associations with the country calling. 's highly sympathetic Sahel Hounds, which specializes in music from the region, presents Alkibar Gignor a band that rocks harder than traditional Malian music, but has the same dancefloor. Stylistically Alkibar Gignor is somewhere between the Tuareg rock of Tinariwen and black music that Mali is known for. Continues moving on donkey carts loaded with instruments and amplifiers, the band members traveling the region by around Timbuktu. Impromptu performances are equally often paid in sacks of rice and money. Inevitably, this idyllic situation exotic images in Western music consumers, consisting of a mixture of interest and romance one could purchase. after another African curio
"La Paix", unfortunately currently an ironic name in the region of Timbuktu, is at times meditative and danceable, with hypnotic guitars and endless rhythms. No longer the juniors, Alkibar Gignor are in great demand up and down the Niger River and were recently awarded Best Band in the Circle of Timbuctou. They know how to play the crowds and interestingly, Amma from the band recounts how Afel Bocoum told them that in order to "appeal to the whites they need to switch to acoustic guitar and calabash only". It is in this style that the album opens with a deliciously simple yet emotionally charged track "Adounia" . The fact that it is reminiscent of the stripped down blues sound of Ali Farka Toure is no coincidence, Alkibar Gignor were born in the same town of Niafunke, they are all "children of the same mother" the literal translation of the town's name. Everyone adores Ali Farke Toure and to play like him is to touch his genius and show their appreciation and inspiration.
The album is brought to us by Chris Kirkley who describes himself as Gentlemen explorer and rogue ethno-musicologist. Fearless leader of sahelsounds. Anyone familiar with his blog, Sahel Sounds will know that he is constantly on the listen out for new sounds whether its on the memory cards of mobile phones in Kahlil's repair shop, the coffee vendors of Niamey Bus Station or various Saharan festivals. Kirkley recorded Alikbar Gignor during numerous visits from 2009 to 2011 and the album includes rehearsals, village performances under the stars aswell as acoustic sessions at Amma's house. Who would dream of summer nights of endless desert, but also want to dance, doing quite well to this record .
Alkibar Gignor - La Paix (flac 257mb)
01 Adounia 4:44
02 Djougal Nangho 5:53
03 Adibara 6:01
04 Aniya 2:48
05 Lahidou 5:15
06 Souka Selenam 4:23
07 Dakou 2:47
08 Gotofou 4:45
09 Zeinabou 3:35
10 Tamala 3:50
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previously sept 08 Rhotation 44 re-rip
Tinariwen - Aman Iman (Water Is Life) (re-rip 131mb)
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