Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Remembering Tinariwen in Basel in November 2016

After falling in love with the music of Tinariwen and Tamikrest in summer 2014, I had a ticket to go see Tamikrest in Zurich that October, but I was sick that week, so I couldn't go, and I still haven't been to any of their concerts. But I did get to see Tinariwen in Basel in November 2016, in the week after the trauma of the US election. It was an unusual concert for the band: their bassist was taken ill that day and was in the hospital. Somehow, the absence of the bass didn't keep me from dancing harder than I had in years, all the way to complete catharsis. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 28 April 2021)

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