Tinariwen’s eighth album, “Amadjar,” was conceived on the road. Following an appearance Taragalte Festival in the Moroccan Sahara, the group traveled to Mauritania trailed by their French production team, in a camper van. Songs were put together during this road trip in a traditional Tamasheq manner, built up via conversations and playing around campfires.
Tinariwen is a perennial favorite here at AD, and the Touareg band has just released their first proper “live” album, recorded in Paris at the Théî¢tre des Bouffes du Nord last December. Tinariwen’s prowess as a […]
If it seems you are seeing Tinariwen’s name with more regularity these days, it’s because you are. In addition to this year’s Emmaar lp, recorded in Joshua Tree, California, and lengthy Western tours, the group […]
Tinariwen’s music speaks for Kel Tamashek, the Tuaregs, and their desert home, the “tenere.” The typical descriptor of “desert blues,” suggests a genre defined by it’s point of origin, but how linked are music and place, […]
For years, when friends would ask what they should grab with their remaining end-of-the-month eMusic credits, my go-to ‘download recommendation’ was consistently “anything by Tinariwen.” I no longer use eMusic, but if Tinariwen’s music is still […]