Monday, September 1, 2008

Around The World (44)

Hello, Around the Worldmusics is back in the desert, this time hanging out with the Touareg, these ancient and proud people that made the desert their home. Misunderstood and derided by the 'gloval warmers' they suffered plenty, certainly this last century, leader and singer/guitarist Ibrahim Ag Alhabib started Tinariwen in 79 , from very humble beginnings but making music and writing contemporary texts helped him and the other bandmembers,all from the same region, to overcome the anger and sadness and sublimate it into music. This their third album is a mesmeric evocation of the mood of yearning inculcated through years of exile, all nourished by the vast emptiness of the desert... "Aman Iman is filled with exotic, mesmerising sounds, a glorious celebration of the collective's homeland.

This 17 min clip gives some background and interviews aswell as music, recorded at their homeland (the desert)




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Tinariwen - Aman Iman (Water Is Life) (^99mb)

Tinariwen (Tamashek "empty places") is a musical band formed in 1979 in Moammar al-Qadhafi's camps of Tuareg rebels. They play in the Tishoumaren ("music of the unemployed") style, and sing mostly in the French and Tamashek languages. Their songs mostly cover the subject of independence for their people from the government of Mali. They are said to be the first Tuareg band to use electric guitars. Having recorded many albums available on cassette over their eighteen years, the group recorded their first album for the CD format in December of 2000; the album was known as The Radio Tisdas Sessions and was their first recording available outside of Africa.

The Western world first took great notice of Tinariwen due to their performance at Le Festival au D├ęsert, a musical festival held in Tin-Essako, Mali, a remote region of the Sahara Desert, in January of 2001. The band released a second album, Amassakoul ("Traveller") in 2004, and played concerts in Europe (where they performed one of the highlights of the 2004 Womad Reading ) and the United States to support the album. Tinariwen's new album entitled Aman Iman, meaning "Water is Life", was released in January 2007. A 52 minute documentary called Teshumara, or the guitars of the revolution recently played in movie theaters in Europe. It tells the history of the Tuareg rebellion and the role played by Tinariwen in this struggle for freedom. Combined with Amassakoul, it's been released as the CD/DVD combo The Soul Rebel Of African Desert. They’ve met great resistance from rock radio and press unable to embrace a non-English speaking act, but have forged a career playing world music festivals.



01 - Cler Achel (4:25)
02 - Mano Dayak (5:41)
03 - Matadjem Yinmixan (5:43)
04 - Ahimana (5:43)
05 - Soixante Trois (4:56)
06 - Toumast (4:25)
07 - Imidiwan Winakalin (4:25)
08 - Awa Didjen (4:11)
09 - Ikyadarh Dim (3:35)
10 - Tamatant Tilay (3:19)
11 - Assouf (3:56)
12 - Izarharh Tenere (5:02)

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