Tinariwen: Tuareg rebel rock, from the desert to Barcelona.

Tinariwen, the word for ‘Deserts’ in the tamashek-berber language, played a great concert the past monday at a venue in Barcelona.

The band, from northern Mali in the Sahara and with Tuareg roots, step in to fame in 2001 and has a fascinating story. Tinariwen was funded by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib a young warrior and musician, who grew up in refugee camps between Libya and Algeria.

They started playing at parties and social events, and after a period of military training under the libyan gaddafist regime,  Ag Alhabib returned to his home town in Mali. During the rebel uprising for the tuareg autonomy against the Mali oppresive regime, Ag Alhabib met other musicians that finally conformed Tinariwen. After the peace treatments in 1991 the musicians left the weapons behind focusing only in the music.

The Tinariwen sound is mainly driven by the guitar with afro-occidental style. Their songs are based in traditional Tuareg melodies which talks about the desert, the tuareg people and their suffering, the resistance, but also about friendship and nature.

The latest Tinariwen, Tassili, was awarded as the best World Music Album in the las Grammy awards. In this album, Tinariwen recovers their very roots by recording it in the Algerian desert. Tassili has good musical collaborations, i.e. the New York band TV on the Radio.



Sala Apolo, Barcelona Mar, 3, 2012.


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