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Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions (LP, Album, Reissue)


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Tinariwen (Tamasheq: ⵜⵏⵔⵓⵏ, with vowels ⵜⵉⵏⴰⵔⵉⵡⵉⵏ, pronounced tinariwen "deserts", plural of ténéré "desert") is a collective of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. Considered a pioneer of desert blues, the group's guitar-driven style combines traditional Tuareg and African music with Western rock music. They have released eight albums since their formation and have toured internationally. The group was founded by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, along with Alhassane Ag Touhami and brothers Inteyeden Ag Ablil and Liya Ag Ablil (aka "Diarra"). The as then unnamed musical group was formed in 1979 while exiled in Tamanrasset, Algeria. Tinariwen formed as a musical collective while in military training in Libya, aiming to write songs about issues facing the Tuareg people. They returned to Mali in 1989, with some members joining as fighters in a Tuareg rebellion before dedicating themselves to music full-time in 1991 after a peace accord was reached. Tinariwen first started to gain a following outside the Sahara region in 2001 with the release of the album The Radio Tisdas Sessions, and with performances at Festival au Désert in Mali and the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Their popularity rose internationally with the release of the critically acclaimed album Aman Iman in 2007. Following the start of the Mali War in 2012, the group fled their home country and have since lived and recorded in exile due to threats against them from militant groups. The group has been nominated Grammy Awards three times, and in 2012 Tassili won the award for Best World Music Album. NPR calls the group "music's true rebels", AllMusic deems the group's music "a grassroots voice of rebellion", and Slate calls the group "rock 'n' roll rebels whose rebellion, for once, wasn't just metaphorical".

Release Info

Artist: Tinariwen
Label: Craft Recordings
Format: LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2022-11-04
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Electric Blues, Folk

Tracklist

A1 Imidiwan Afrik Tendam
A2 Lulla
A3 Tenhert
A4 Enseqi Ehad Didagh
A5 Tahult In
A6 Tamodjerazt Assis
A7 Intitlayaghen
B1 Imazeghen N Adagh
B2 Tenalle Chegret
B3 Kel Tamashek
B4 Assuf Ag Assuf
B5 Chabiba
B6 Ere Tasfata Adounia

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