A recent live review published in the Songlines Magazine. March Issue 82.
Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrel, The Slaughtered Lamb, London.
Tinariwen’s latest album Tassili won the Best World Music Album award last night at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The Tuareg desert rockers from Mali have been whirling up a storm internationally for some time now. It’s about time that the group have got the Grammy recognition they deserve.
The album is inspired from a national park called Tassili N’Ajjer, where in the 1980s and 90s, Kel Tamashek fighters would use it is a safe passage to move between refugee camps in Libya and the battlefront in Mali. Tinariwen are known for their electric guitars but for this album, they have returned to acoustics, with small drums and hand clapping backing the rhythm. It’s no surprise that this album picked up a Grammy- it shows that the group is full on creativity and are moving their music in a strong direction.