Tinariwen – Tenere Taqhim Tossam

by Mike Smith on September 2, 2011


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This music blog needs more world music. So here it is. The song of the day is Tenere Taqhim Tossam by Tinariwen, an African guitar band from Sahara, Mali. The Tuareg people are a Berber nomadic pastoralist people that mainly inhabit the Saharan region of North Africa. The style that Tinariwen plays is referred to as assouf by their people. It influenced by the musical styles of the region and has some similarities to the blues.
YouTube Preview Image Tinariwen translates to “empty places” in English and refers to deserts. It is said that the founder of the group, Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, started playing music after creating a makeshift guitar out of a can, a stick, and a bicycle brake wire. The band formed around 1980 in the refugee camps of Libya. Their music finally gain international attention after the release of their 2007 album titled Aman Iman. You’ll find a few familiar musicians on Tinariwen’s latest album. They are joined by Nels Cline of Wilco, Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, and last but not least the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Song: Tenere Taqhim Tossam
Album: Tassili (2011)
Purchase the Song of the Day:
Tassili (Deluxe Edition) - Tinariwen Tassili (Deluxe Edition) - Tinariwen

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