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Watch: Tamikrest – ‘War Tila Eridaran’

Posted on October 6th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

Touareg rock-group Tamikrest release their new video: ‘War Tila Eridaran’ in an exclusive Songlines premiere

The Malian rock group Tamikrest’s new video, ‘War Tila Eridaran’, premieres today. The riff-heavy track is taken from their fourth and latest album, Kidal, an album named after the group’s Touareg ancestral town, with the sound of the Sahara at its heart. Their characteristic flair for blending modern rock’n'roll sounds with such diverse influences as Rachid Taha, Pink Floyd and flamenco, while maintaining a focus on the plight and lives of the Touareg people remains unchanged since their debut in 2010. Kidal was a Songlines Top of the World album in #127 (May 2017). 

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Live | Tamikrest tour the UK, October 30-November 9

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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Tamikrest are embarking on a nine-date tour of the UK starting on October 30 at the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s University in Belfast.

The young Touareg rockers released their third album Chatma in September 2013. Meaning ‘sisters’ in Tamashek, it is dedicated to the Touareg women who have suffered during the war in Mali. The album was met with great critical acclaim and the band were revered for taking their iconic desert rock sound to brave, brilliant directions, incorporating psych-rock, indie, dub and funk.

Chatma’s sucess helped Tamikrest secure the award for Best Group in this year’s Songlines Music Awards, and one of the shows includes a very special evening at Sage Gateshead on November 6 for the Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert (tickets are still available).

Tamikrest are also offering a free download of their song ‘Djanegh etoumast’. For more information on tour dates click here.

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Songlines Music Awards 2014 Winners’ Concert Announced

Posted on June 28th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert will be making its way north to the Sage Gateshead on Thursday, November 6, where all four winners will be coming together for one very special evening.

There will be two acts representing Mali – ngoni king Bassekou Kouyaté (Best Artist) and Touareg blues innovators Tamikrest (Best Group) – while Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Cross-Cultural Collaboration) from Wales and Senegal will be showcasing their sublime fusion, and London’s Family Atlantica (Newcomer), fronted by vocal powerhouse Luzmira Zerpa, will bring their vibrant pan-Atlantic sounds to Tyneside.

Book your tickets now by visiting the Sage Gateshead website. See you there.

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Songlines Music Awards 2014: The Winners

Posted on April 24th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .

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We’re delighted to announce the winners of the sixth annual Songlines Music Awards. From over 600 albums to a shortlist of 16, here are the four outstanding winnings artists selected by the Songlines editorial team.

Drum roll please…

Best Artist – Bassekou Kouyaté
For Jama Ko on Out Here

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“I am apolitical,” Bassekou told Songlines in #89. But this, his last album, became political because it was recorded during the Malian coup in March 2012 that overthrew president Amadou Toumani Touré. The title-track urges people to come together and unite, while another song, ‘Sinaly’, is about Sinaly Diarra opposing forced Islamisation in the 19th century. The apolitical Bassekou ended up making an album that became very political.

The urgency and integrity of the message make the music strong and the quality is audible even to those of us who don’t understand the words. The music of Jama Ko is full of glorious instrumental virtuosity and vocal prowess (thanks to Bassekou’s wife, Amy Sacko) – all traits that make Mali stand out as a musical powerhouse.

Bassekou has long been the man to call when you need a shit-hot ngoni solo, but it was Africa Express in 2006 and his 2007 album Segu Blue, with his pioneering group Ngoni ba, that first put him on the map. He’s now a regal figure, but not a political one, on stages around the world. 

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Best Group – Tamikrest
For Chatma on Glitterbeat

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There are two artists from Mali amongst this year’s award winners – and it’s perhaps fitting that one is from the Bamana culture of the south and one from the Touareg culture of the north. Tamikrest are currently living outside Mali in southern Algeria and their most recent album, Chatma, which means ‘Sisters’ in Tamashek, is about the women who suffer during war – see our feature in #96.

Led by frontman Ousmane Ag Mossa, Tamikrest are from Kidal, also home to Tinariwen. They formed in 2006, but became internationally known after meeting the indie band Dirtmusic at the Festival in the Desert and recording on their 2010 album BKO and releasing their debut album Adagh, produced by Dirtmusic’s Chris Eckman. Chatma, their powerful third album featuring female vocalist Wonou Walet Sidati, was a Top of the World, with Nigel Williamson praising their psych-guitar effects and Pink Floyd-style sonic montage: ‘All credit, then, to Tamikrest – who are a generation younger than the original Touareg war vets – for taking the sound in brave and brilliant new directions.

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Cross-Cultural Collaboration – Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
For Clychau Dibon on Astar Artes

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There’s something deeply gratifying about this whole collaboration – the pairing of the West African kora with the Welsh harp. There’s the actual physical object: a CD bound like a chunky book, replete with insightful notes and its beautiful front cover image. Then there’s the intriguing story behind how the two came together to record this album – a series of initially unfortunate circumstances, which turned into this most serendipitous meeting of musical talents – you can read more about this in #102. The first impression is what an unlikely combination of two completely different cultures this is. But when you hear the inextricably cascading notes, you realise that there are fascinating similarities that connect these two instruments.

This accolade isn’t their first – the album won fRoots 2013 Album of the Year and was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. And on evidence of the interest they piqued at their extraordinary showcase at WOMEX – so jammed-packed most people could only see the very tips of the instruments – I wager there will be many more plaudits to come.

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Newcomer – Family Atlantica
For Family Atlantica on Soundway Records

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It was four years in the making, but the debut by London’s Family Atlantica was well worth the wait. A band that could only have formed in the multicultural mecca of London, Family Atlantica are fronted by the Venezuelan vocal powerhouse Luzmira Zerpa, London-born percussionist Jack Yglesias, and Nigerian/Ghanaian percussionist Kwame Crentsil. Together, their fusion explores the wealth of music on either side of the Atlantic. Zerpa’s rich and expressive voice, underpinned by intoxicating rhythms, delves into stories from Africa and the Americas with unparalleled joy and enthusiasm, uniting the music of the African diaspora. Succinctly summarising their ethos, Yglesias told Songlines, ‘music unites people, it builds a bridge between individuals across the Atlantic.’ And that is exactly what Family Atlantica have managed to do, creating an album of passionate, joyous music that is thoroughly enlightened by a rich history of peoples, but at the same time, very much a contemporary sound.

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Watch our brand new Songlines Music Awards 2014 winners video below, featuring a performance from each winner.

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