We’re elated over the success of Tinariwen‘s Amadjar. The record has topped the NACC World chart for a month, and it’s also reached the top of the Earshot International and Transglobal World Music charts. One of the most magical aspects of the record, however, is how well it captures the live energy of the Tuareg desert rock collective. Arts Fuse recently saw the band, and the reviewer was blown away. “Tinariwen’s tunes took me back in time to 35 years ago,” according to reviewer Mark Hänser, “when I was young and fearless and traveled to the edge of the Sahara where I heard songs of timeless beauty. It was the sound of Saharan bebop, Malian proto-blues, primarily guitar driven, in a style referred to as assouf in Tamasheq, the Tuareg language. Tinariwen’s clothes weren’t designed for the stage, and that only made their appearance more amazing. It was indigenous Amazigh wear: So much blue, from navy to indigo to periwinkle, and scarves ranging from obsidian black to the whitest white.” Read the full review here.
If you’re near the West Coast, you still have a chance to see Tinariwen on the Amadjar tour. Don’t miss it!
10/8 – Commodore, Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
10/9 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
10/11 – The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall – Berkeley, CA
10/12 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
10/13 – The Mayan – Los Angeles, CA