Tag Archives: Tuareg Rock

Interview: Q&A with Kel Assouf – Rocking the Desert

Interview: Q&A with Kel Assouf – Rocking the Desert

Since 2016, when we first met them at WOMAD UK, we have constantly felt under the rocky spell of Kel Assouf. The roughness of their sound, which goes side-by-side with their heartfelt and profound lyrics, has brought new life into the so-called Tuareg rock style. Despite being based in Brussels...
Visions of Sound – May 2018

Visions of Sound – May 2018

We’ve partnered with Groovalizacion Radio to bring you a monthly collection of the best world music-related videos. That’s our way to give value to too often overlooked, rich and diverse artistic expressions. Listen with your eyes! Watch the full playlist:
Rhythm Passport Free Compilation – Vol. 25 – May 2018

Rhythm Passport Free Compilation – Vol. 25 – May 2018

Download this exclusive FREE Rhythm Passport album TODAY! Preview of the album: Track List:  1. Blundetto feat. Ken Boothe – Have a Little Faith [from Slow Dance; Heavenly Sweetness] 00:00 – 03:01 2. Winston McAnuff & Fixi – Big Brother [Chapter Two Records] 03:02 – 06:30 3. Bombino – Tehigren...
Album Review: Imarhan – Temet [City Slang; February 2018]
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Album Review: Imarhan – Temet [City Slang; February 2018]

Imarhan are a five-piece Tuareg band from Tamanrasset, the Southern Algerian part of the Sahara desert that covers much of North Africa. Their second album Temet is released by the same label as their successful debut – City Slang. Temet was self-produced in Paris, with the help of genre pioneers...
Album Review: TootArd – Laissez Passer [Glitterbeat Records]
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Album Review: TootArd – Laissez Passer [Glitterbeat Records]

I first heard of TootArd (Arabic for ‘strawberries’) in my Casablanca apartment in the wake of the Arab Spring, with their first hit Ruh Bladi. Released in 2011, the group’s reggae-influenced first album Nuri Andaburi took the band to perform over the Golan Heights, and in Jerusalem, Palestine, and beyond....
Interview: Tamikrest (May 2017)

Interview: Tamikrest (May 2017)

Tamikrest always play pretty cool, eclectic music, with intricate layers of artistry. They blend rock and native music, native that is to West Africa. Their most recent album Kidal (released in March by Glitterbeat) is as cool as their music has ever been: a unique blend of poetry and instrumentals rocking out...
Album Review: Tamikrest – Kidal [Glitterbeat Records, 17th March 2017]
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Album Review: Tamikrest – Kidal [Glitterbeat Records, 17th March 2017]

For Glitterbeat Records, Tamikrest’s Kidal represents the perfect balance between the rock and meditative elements. The importance given to the message in the Tamashek language expresses the concerns of a marginalised people. The Tuareg people have a long history of hardship, oppression and insane control of political, economic and religious...
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