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Tinariwen - 2014

I learned a lot from the fact that I like this album, and I’m not afraid to share my ignorance with you… First of all, I needed to look up where exactly Mali is. I knew it was in Africa, but I wanted to get more perspective than that simple fact. Secondly, I hadn’t really heard of Tinariwen before, despite their 5 other albums. I blame myself, because after reading more about them, they’ve been around, won a Grammy, and even made it onto a few best of lists in previous years. These guys are the real deal. They’re rebel fighters, and sing songs of protest. (At least that’s what I’m told, since I have no clue what they’re saying) Like many Mali refugees, they’ve become nomads. They’re Tauregs, which I also had to look up. (third section of ignorance) I knew it had to do with roaming, mainly because of the car of the same name, but I knew that was yet another lame amount of info. I’m not a complete stranger to Malian music. I have Ali Farka Toure’s album “Niafunke”, and I like it a lot, but I never took the time to read up on his background. Like Toure, Tinariwen play a version of the blues. The album really hit my radar because the band signed to my favorite label, Anti-, in 2010. Signing with an American label has given them the opportunity to record in various locals, in more modern studios, and collaborate with members of Wilco, Tv On The Radio, etc. The hybrid sound that they’ve come up with is extremely engaging. Like early American blues musicians, you can feel the history on their songs. Like I said, they’re the real deal. The album has a rich, deep sound. The bass is heavy, so don’t listen through your tiny computer speakers, otherwise you’re really missing out. Each instrument really occupies it’s own space and has incredible separation. I’d love to hear this album in 5.1, but even in regular stereo it fills a room. If I understood the lyrics I’d have more to say about this, but it’s really a great listen and I’d love to see them live. Like most music, when you’re authentic it really shows through.

Posted by Tambe



WHOA! Ok, this may be the great find from others top ten's this year. Absolutely grooving and I love the guitar sounds. What language are they speaking because the national language of Mali is French and they are not singing in French. Nice one, Tambe.

Posted almost 5 years ago by MoiAndrew Scott

I'm not quite sure. I think they are originally from Algeria. Either way I don't understand a word!

Posted almost 5 years ago by TambegifTambe

Also, check out the live EP from Joshua Tree.

Posted almost 5 years ago by TambegifTambe

Posted: 03/15/2014

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Tambe ranks this as the
#8 favorite album of 2014