Tinariwen Releases Live Album, 'Live From Paris'
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:16:38
A little less than a year ago, Grammy Award-winning Tuareg group Tinariwen recorded its first live album in Paris, a release that arrives today. The performance united the band with "the world's most respected tindé musician Lalla Badi," a woman who mentored many Tuareg musicians in Mali, and helped inspire Tinariwen, founded by Ibrahim ag Alhabib in 1979, on its own journey, forging a musical style from "the pulsating rhythm of the tindé and the gait of the camel."
Now, a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris and in light of the release today, the band has issued this statement: "Today is released our first live album, Oukis N'Asuf, recorded at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord on December 13th, 2014 in Paris. It's in Paris, at the Bataclan where we played on April 7th, 2007. Our friend Robert Plant joined us on stage, it's one of our best memories as musicians. We're all touched by this tragedy because it affects our friends, music, freedom, values that Tinariwen has defended for almost 30 years…"
The music of Tinariwen, a collective of refugee musicians, some who were once rebel fighters, finds especially sobering resonance in Live From Paris, a release that seems to distill so much of the world's troubles, as well as its aspirations, down to the gentle thrum of a guitar, the hypnotizing rhythm of a folk drum, and the rustle of the desert's shifting sands.
Of the album, Rolling Stone says: "The themes persist: war, exile, the desert and the mirage of love. With Tinariwen's members effectively refugees thanks to regional conflicts back home in North Africa, their blues are as deep as ever."
Watch "Tinde Final Tinariwen" from Tinariwen live with Lalla Badi:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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