Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Listening to Tamikrest again

Yesterday, I shuffled my music collection (272+ GB) and up popped Tamikrest, a band from Mali that I first heard in 2014, along with Tinariwen. As always when I listen to them, their "desert blues" has an immediate effect on me, as if they were playing a music I had always wanted to hear: electric and acoustic guitars alternating with call-and-response vocals; percussion combining traditional Malian rhythms with driving rock; lead guitar that channels the colors of rock and reggae. It's music that went from Africa to the United States and the world and then back to Mali for Tuareg musicians to combine into a moving, beautiful, and utterly danceable sound.  (Andrew Shields, #111words, 27 April 2021)

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