Tag Archives: Desert Rock

Interview: TootArd – Playing on the Borders (January 2018)

Interview: TootArd – Playing on the Borders (January 2018)

Politics is intrinsic to the Golan Heights landscape. The region, disputed by Syria and Israel since the mid-1960s, lingers in an unresolved state, which influences its people’s everyday life, culture, and music. That is why, even if you do not want to be meddled and muddled with politics, you inevitably...
Review: Songhoy Blues & Témé Tan @ Omeara (London, 23rd March 2017)

Review: Songhoy Blues & Témé Tan @ Omeara (London, 23rd March 2017)

If your music is strong enough to overcome religious fundamentalism and exile, how can a narrow-minded visa denial possibly harm it? That’s why Songhoy Blues, without their original bass player (who was stuck in Bamako because of an issue with his documents) performed a show to remember at Omeara. Introduced expertly,...
Preview: Tinariwen @ Electric Brixton (London, 9th March 2017)

Preview: Tinariwen @ Electric Brixton (London, 9th March 2017)

A 40-year career, seven albums and a Grammy Award can dismiss any need for introductions; they speak for themselves. However, the importance for contemporary music of a band like Tinariwen can’t be stressed enough. The Malian band still fights, and fights hard with its sound, because Tuareg tradition is still...
Interview: Kel Assouf @ WOMAD Charlton Park (July 2016)

Interview: Kel Assouf @ WOMAD Charlton Park (July 2016)

We’re backstage at WOMAD 2016 drinking mint tea with Kel Assouf, a group of musicians who describe themselves as playing ‘Stoner Rock’ from the desert. But this is not the Californian desert of Palm Desert Rock acts like Queens of the Stone Age- we’re talking about the Sahara desert. The...
Preview: Bombino @ The Forge (London, 8th and 9th June 2016)

Preview: Bombino @ The Forge (London, 8th and 9th June 2016)

London Tribes is bringing to London Tuareg guitarist Bombino, presenting to the public his new album Azel. A member of the Tuareg Ifoghas clan, Bombino (stage name of Omara Moctar) came to prominence in 2011, thanks to his album Agadez, that was acclaimed worldwide for it represented desert-rock at its...
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