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Tinariwen

Tinariwen is a Tuareg group that performs a guitar-centric branch of Malian music that, to the untrained ear, is reminiscent of Ali Farka Touré's, but is far more rock-oriented and percussive. All of the band's musicians originate from the southern Sahara; the group's name, meaning "empty places," is a reflection of their land of origin. The band formed in the rebel camps of Colonel Gaddafi, as each of the musicians had been forced from their nomadic lifestyle into involuntary military service. Surrounded by a displaced nation of their peers, Tinariwen forged a new style of music, trading their traditional lutes and shepherd's flutes for electric guitars and drums. The style that resulted was dubbed "Tishoumaren," or "the music of the unemployed." Their music addresses issues such as political awakening, problems of exile, repression of their people, and demands of sovereignty.

In a region with no postal or telephone system, their tapes soon became a grassroots voice of rebellion and a rallying point for the disenfranchised nation. Though outlawed in Algeria and Mali, 2001's The Radio Tisdas Sessions and 2004's Amassakoul are available to Western audiences. In 2006, they recorded their third album, Aman Iman: Water Is Life, released internationally in 2007 by Harmonia Mundi's World Village imprint. The album was produced by Justin Adams, and featured the voice and guitar of founding member Mohammed Ag Itlale. Tinariwen toured the world for the first time in its wake. They followed the album with Imidiwan: Companions, a two-disc set containing one disc of music and a DVD documentary about Tinariwen's history. This was once again followed by a world tour that included numerous festival appearances in the United States and Europe.

Tinariwen signed to America's Anti imprint in 2010. The label encouraged them to experiment. The end result was Tassili, issued in 2011, in which the band recorded a completely acoustic set in a protected region of the southeastern Algerian desert. The tapes were flown to America where guitarist Nels Cline overdubbed electric guitars and New Orleans' famed Dirty Dozen Brass Band added horns, making Tassili a truly international collaboration. The album won a Grammy. The bandmembers were forced to flee Mali due to political and social unrest, and recorded their follow-up, Emmaar, at a studio in Joshua Tree National Park in the United States. It was released in February of 2014. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Tuareg Funkfest up in heah........ . . . .
OUI OUI, Y'ALL!!!!! :-D
I will SACRIFICE POLITICIANS IN THEIR HONOR if they will come to NC!!!!!
kristadahlin g e r
Twice in Taos - - there's the magic - - the songs sound full of joy but really they are singing about wanting to go home
Woot I saw them live last night. Great show.
Wow was blessed to see them play in LA.. Much love to them and the message ..
My DUDES!!!!! :-D
They have a very fascinating story.
I've been blessed by "GOURD"!!! :-D :-D :-D (???) =-O
Special artists, special music, absolutely WONDERFUL!!! REAL SOUL MUSIC!!!
earthspirit2 0 1 2
Tinariwen resonates with my soul, was great to see them live in Manchester, England...gr e a t grooves and topics...Hig h Vibes indeed!
My heart, my soul, & whats left of my semi-ancient physical being responds with ABSOLUTE JOY to this music!!! Play on, my brothers;lon g life & happiness to you all!!!
I love them........ . . . . . . . a n d was able to see them perform a numerous time in Los Angeles..... . . . . . . . . . . .
Man im so very happy to have come across Tinariwen and this type of MUSIC. IT REALLY changes the mood i may be in(it ALWAYS goes to apeaceful feeling)and for that i am so pleased. Highly recomended from someone who has a wide variety of musical taste.
margotbeseme r
This is Amazigh music or better known in the English language as Berber music. :) The Amazigh are the native peoples of North Africa and they are oppressed all over North Africa in terms of language and cultural expression, therefore Tinariwen's music is sung in a dialect of Tamazight (Amazigh language) and speaks of oppression, the deserts, revolution, etc, it has some Islamic influence in lyrics but it's not soley religious to be considered Islamic and it's not Arab/Middle Eastern music either
jhassinger4
I recommend Etran Finatawa if you like Tinawaren. From the same region, Etran Finatawa is composed half of Tuareg musicians and half of Wodaabe musicians. The mix is amazing and a bit more melodical than Tinawaren; but with the same energy and emotion.
I heard these guys on NPR music, and realized that i really like this type of music!
A friend told me about Tinariwen. Really enjoy their grooves. It's like a road trip without leaving home. Music brings the far reaches much closer.
Oh so ttrue doremifi!
I could listen to them all night long!!*
these pplz are rlly good. I love em. :)
so very very good. in a world of so much turbulence, finding peace in music (at least outside the US, where we sing "it's friday...")
mgmax
My new favorite!
After reading the Bio, I was puzzled, but then read through the comments and wasn't anymore. I figured it had to be an error, after all, they do have the Bio for Michael Franti labeled as George Clinton. But clearly, we all have great taste in music.
ryan.sturges 7
David droppin knowledge! Thanks for that, makes much more sense. Popularizati o n doesn't have to mean bastardizati o n , even though it usually does.
I totally agree with you David...
Thanks for the corrections. . .
Tinariwen is pure North African, not Middle-Easte r n ! North Africa does have an extensive Islamic population, which lends an "Arabic" influence through nuanced aesthetic and language. Ali Farka Toure may be a good related artist, but he is not Middle Eastern either. If you are getting some of the sounds of Islamic-base d and/or related world music sorted out, then spend some time in North Africa. You'll be glad you did.
Sorry to correct the above, but this music is not like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He hails from Pakistan and plays Qawwali music. This is an Islamic (specificall y Sufi) sacred music that also is steeped in North Indian music. Traces of the influence of Persian music also pervade the tradition of Qawwali.

Who writes these, by the way? I might like to have your job.

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