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World - Released February 10, 2014 | Wedge

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Challenging circumstances are nothing new to the Kel Tamashek (Tuareg) band Tinariwen. After all, most of their members had been Libyan military-trained rebel fighters engaged in active revolt against the Malian government before the Tamanrasset Accords in 1991. Beginning in 2012, real danger is ever present in northern Mali -- due to the incursion of Islamist militias -- for the Tuareg people and to musicians in particular. So much so, many, including Tinariwen, have fled the country. One of their members, Abdallah Ag Lamida, was even kidnapped, though he has since been released. Tinariwen was forced to exchange one desert -- the Sahara -- for another in Joshua Tree National Park in the United States in order to record Emmaar (without Ag Lamida, who was freed after recording began). Once more produced by Patrick Votan, the sound here retains its "desert blues" heart but is also more expansive -- there's no need for alarm, really. The traditional interlocking guitar interplay involves more drones as lead lines snake underneath them, and there is more reverb in this mix. All of the material was written by leader Ibrahim Ag Alhabib or his bandmembers. Exile, anger, and displacement populate the songs on Emmaar. Multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin adds his spiraling fiddle to "Imdiwanin Ahi Tifhamamone" and pedal steel to the militant opener "Toumast Tincha" (that also features guitar from Josh Klinghoffer and a spoken intro by Saul Williams), and the atmospheric dirge "Sendad Eghlalan." Percussionist Amar Chaoui helps out on the stinging "Chaghaybou" and five other tracks, adding a sense of more dynamic urgency to balance the more drone-centric approach. "Emajer," with guest guitarist Matt Sweeney, is a different tack for Tinariwen. Its vibe is more American Southwest (which isn't so strange since this is a nomadic band after all). But Ag Alhabib's lyric and melody are pure African folk song, reflecting loss and longing, as the rolling percussion, voices, and guitars wind around one in multiple melodies underscoring the emotion. The interwoven acoustic guitars on closer "Aghregh Medin (Hassan's Song)" offer a staggered minor-key blues. They highlight the disillusionment in the lyric "... I no longer believe in unity/I will only believe in it again if/Those opinions serve a common ideal/That of the people from which they emanate." The different textures and timbres at work on Emmaar reveal Tinariwen's evolution; one derived from the need to grow musically, as well as respond to adversity with creativity. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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World - Released January 1, 2006 | Universal Music Division Capitol Music France

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Recorded in 2006 in the Bogolan studio, in Bamako, under the supervision of producer and guitarist Justin Adams (Robert Plant, Juju, Lo’jo…), Aman Iman (“water is life”), the third album of Tamasheq rock band Tinariwen, is a classic. It immediately takes the listener to the rocky desert of the Adrar des Ifoghas, straddling the North of Mali and the South of Algeria, a territory in which they guide you at camels’ pace and where poetry hides in every dry bush, behind every stone. They let it flourish in their mouth and between their hands, where guitars vibrate, successively jittery or meditative. The Tuareg people’s quest is poetic and contemplative, the nostalgia and frustrations caused by their vagrancy inhabit them and their chants transcend them. When Aman Iman was released, Tinariwen had already started their conquest over the international music scene, and their formation was in its best possible configuration. The four singers, guitarists and composers Ibrahim, Abdallah, Alhassane and “Japonais”, a founding member who never joined the band on tour, supported by five female choristers, two rhythmic guitarists, percussionist Saïd and powerful bassist Eyadou, whom Youssou N’Dour tried to recruit away from his own band at the time. On several tracks, this already powerful guitar orchestra is reinforced by the six strings of Justin Adams and Salah Dawson Miller. Quintessence of Tuareg music, Aman Iman features some of the band’s most beautiful songs: Cler Achel, Mano Dayak, Soixante Trois, and Izarharh Tenere. © Benjamin MiNiMuM / Qobuz 
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World - Released February 10, 2017 | Wedge

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World - Released September 6, 2019 | Wedge

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Tinariwen’s journey is truly inspiring. The group of traditional Tuareg musicians have gone from brandishing Kalashnikov rifles in the name of freedom to brandishing their electric guitars. They capture the magic of the great outdoors and epitomise the romantic ideal of the adventurous musician, bringing together inspired songwriters and virtuoso musicians alike. Their ninth album Amadjar is the newest testament to their talent. After their appearance at the Taragalte nomadic culture festival in the Moroccan Sahara at the end of October 2018, they hit the road with a group of sound engineers in a bus that had been transformed into a portable studio. Heading for Mauritania through a sandstorm, each campout was an opportunity for musical contributions and exchanges, for rehearsals and friendly discourse over what sounded best. Before reaching their destination, they parked up in the desert for two weeks and recorded their music under the stars. They were then joined by the Mauritanian diva Noura Mint Seymali and her guitarist husband Jeiche Ould Chigaly for the song Amalouna. Although their arrangements may be surprising, the compositions are some of the group’s best to date. The album was mixed by a close friend of Jack White, Joshua Vance Smith, who recreates a realistic atmosphere by taking us behind the scenes with snippets of conversations between each song. The post-production also features a number of well- known musicians such as Warren Ellis, the violinist and main collaborator of Nick Cave, and Micah Nelson, the guitarist for Neil Young and son of country legend Willie Nelson Californian, as well as Stephen O’Malley, the guitarist and founder of Sunn O))), songwriter Cass McCombs, and French musician Rodolphe Burger. Immersed in the musical world of the Tuaregs, the guests were able to connect with the group’s vision and integrate perfectly into their sound. Almost twenty years after their debut on the international music scene, Tinariwen remains as faithful as ever to their philosophy and it’s for this reason that continue to amaze us. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz

World - Released August 29, 2011 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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World - Released August 6, 2001 | Anti - Epitaph

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Rock - Released March 13, 2007 | Craft Recordings

Hand it to Tinariwen. Like the nomads they are, they don't stand still musically. On their third album (the title translates as Water Is Life), they keep the root intact, the desert blues still at the heart of all they do, but this builds upon what they achieved on their superb sophomore disc, happily restless and unafraid of walking down new paths. However, although they're rightly lauded for their widescreen blues sound, what emerges most here is something they hinted at on the last record -- they're a remarkable rock & roll band, too. The guitars, locked together in rhythm and lead, create a glorious syncopated noise that puts most rockers to shame. But there's a wonderful looseness to the sound (kudos to producer Justin Adams), in part due to the fact that these tracks were all recorded over just two weeks, a tiny time frame by today's standards. Recorded in the Malian capital of Bamako, these songs arrive with dust on their boots and a little thirsty. The studio touches are subtle, a little on the effects here and there, but never detract from the music -- which even features old member Mohammed Ag Itlale, whose voice and guitar can be heard on several tracks. © Chris Nickson /TiVo
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World - Released October 12, 2004 | Anti - Epitaph

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World - Released August 29, 2011 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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World - Released November 20, 2015 | Wedge

"LIVE IN PARIS simply encapsulates an evening of profound music shared between people of differing cultures." © TiVo
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World - Released March 13, 2007 | Independiente

Hand it to Tinariwen. Like the nomads they are, they don't stand still musically. On their third album (the title translates as Water Is Life), they keep the root intact, the desert blues still at the heart of all they do, but this builds upon what they achieved on their superb sophomore disc, happily restless and unafraid of walking down new paths. However, although they're rightly lauded for their widescreen blues sound, what emerges most here is something they hinted at on the last record -- they're a remarkable rock & roll band, too. The guitars, locked together in rhythm and lead, create a glorious syncopated noise that puts most rockers to shame. But there's a wonderful looseness to the sound (kudos to producer Justin Adams), in part due to the fact that these tracks were all recorded over just two weeks, a tiny time frame by today's standards. Recorded in the Malian capital of Bamako, these songs arrive with dust on their boots and a little thirsty. The studio touches are subtle, a little on the effects here and there, but never detract from the music -- which even features old member Mohammed Ag Itlale, whose voice and guitar can be heard on several tracks. © Chris Nickson /TiVo
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World - Released October 7, 2014 | Wedge

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 10, 2016 | Wedge

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 27, 2020 | Wedge

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World - Released August 29, 2011 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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World - Released August 20, 2019 | Wedge

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World - Released June 11, 2019 | Wedge

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World - Released February 16, 2007 | Independiente

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 19, 2017 | Wedge

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 19, 2016 | Wedge