Amassakoul

Amassakoul

by Tinariwen
     
 

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Tuareg rebel rockers Tinariwen may be one of the more unlikely world-music flavors of the month, but the music of these desert-dwelling former freedom fighters is just as immediate as the back-to-the-rock stylings of the Strokes or Franz Ferdinand. Especially on this, their second album, recorded with modern equipment in France -- as opposed to their in situ sleeper…  See more details below

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Tuareg rebel rockers Tinariwen may be one of the more unlikely world-music flavors of the month, but the music of these desert-dwelling former freedom fighters is just as immediate as the back-to-the-rock stylings of the Strokes or Franz Ferdinand. Especially on this, their second album, recorded with modern equipment in France -- as opposed to their in situ sleeper The Radio Tisdas Sessions -- the affinity to neo-punk guitar bands is striking. Each line wriggles and thrashes like a sidewinder scaling a desert dune, while hand-drums and clapping propel the picking along. If the blare of Ike Turner's Rocket 88 inspired his guitar sound, the loping gait of Amassakoul is similarly locomotive; much of the music of the Tuareg -- or kel-Tamashek, as they call themselves -- is based on the rhythms of their striding camels. While these tribesmen traded in lutes for electric guitars long ago, they retain an idiosyncratic rhythm and attack that's rooted in North African Islamic and Berber traditions, with a little bit of Malian guitar mojo thrown in for good measure. Other influences include the mysterious Sahelian sting of Ali Farka Touré and his American counterpart, John Lee Hooker, especially on "Ténéré Daféo Nikchan," while the call-and-response vocals of "Chatma" seem to plug in to some Saharan version of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall." "Arawan" carries a hip-hop cadence; "Alkhar Dessouf" is stark, dehydrated reggae. Each track, really, is another surprise, a small-world clash of sounds both alien and familiar. For discerning music fans, Tinariwen's raw, arid groove is a welcome oasis in an otherwise barren pop landscape.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/20/2004
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0689232084523
catalogNumber:
5029881
Rank:
59372

Tracks

  1. Amassakoul 'N' Tenere
  2. Dualahila Ar Tesninam
  3. Chatma
  4. Arawan
  5. Chet Boghassa
  6. Amidinin
  7. Tenere Dafeo Nikchan
  8. Aldrechen Manin
  9. Alkhar Dessouf
  10. Eh Massina Sintadoben
  11. Assoul

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