Imidiwan: Companions

Imidiwan: Companions

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Sometimes in music, the teacher learns some valuable things from the student. In the United States, traditional African music played an essential role in the development of what came to be called the blues -- and many years later, American blues artists returned the favor by influencing artists in various parts of Africa. The blues have certainly had a major impact on… See more details below

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Sometimes in music, the teacher learns some valuable things from the student. In the United States, traditional African music played an essential role in the development of what came to be called the blues -- and many years later, American blues artists returned the favor by influencing artists in various parts of Africa. The blues have certainly had a major impact on Tinariwen, a group from the Sahara region. The influence of the blues is impossible to miss on their two-disc set Imidiwan: Companions, which consists of a 62-minute audio CD and a 30-minute bonus DVD. The DVD, a documentary, contains interviews with members of Tinariwen as well as some musical performances, while the CD offers music exclusively. But on both the CD and the DVD, there is never any doubt that Imidiwan: Companions is world fusion in the true sense. Tinariwen's music has a strong blues element, a strong Malian element, and a strong Middle Eastern/Arabic element; that combination of influences yields compelling results for the group, which favors a combination of acoustic and electric instruments. Acoustic percussion is united with electric guitar and electric bass, but the fact that Imidiwan: Companions isn't strictly acoustic doesn't mean that the music isn't rootsy and organic-sounding. The performances are consistently earthy, and the feeling of the blues is impossible to miss on hypnotic, haunting tracks such as "Tenalle Chegret," "Assuf Ag Assuf," "Lulla," and "Enseqi Ehad Didagh." In fact, Imidiwan: Companions is full of moody guitar riffs that would not be the least bit out of place on a John Lee Hooker or Lightnin' Hopkins album, although the non-English-language vocals and the African percussion obviously are not things one would typically expect to find on a traditional American blues recording. World music enthusiasts can't go wrong with the excellent Imidiwan: Companions.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2009
Label:
World Village Usa
UPC:
0713746809621
catalogNumber:
468096
Rank:
64492

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Imidiwan Afrik Temdam  -  Tinariwen
  2. Lulla  -  Tinariwen
  3. Tenhert  -  Tinariwen
  4. Enseqi Ehad Didagh  -  Tinariwen
  5. Tahult In  -  Tinariwen
  6. Tamodjerazt Assis  -  Tinariwen
  7. Intitlayaghen  -  Tinariwen
  8. Imazeghen N Adagh  -  Tinariwen
  9. Tenalle Chegret  -  Tinariwen
  10. Kel Tamashek  -  Tinariwen
  11. Assuf Ag Assuf  -  Tinariwen
  12. Chabiba  -  Tinariwen
  13. Ere Tasfata Adounia  -  Tinariwen
  14. Desert Wind  - Ibrahim Ag Alhabib

Disc 2

  1. Imidiwan Afrik Temdam  -  Tinariwen
  2. Amassakoul N'tenere  -  Tinariwen
  3. Tenhert  -  Tinariwen
  4. Begin the Beguine  -  Tinariwen
  5. Tenidagh Egh Diere Diere  -  Tinariwen
  6. Lulla  -  Tinariwen
  7. Amidinin  -  Tinariwen
  8. Cler Achel  -  Tinariwen
  9. Tamiditin Tadjer Essar  -  Tinariwen
  10. Imazeghen N'adagh  -  Tinariwen
  11. Desert Wind  -  Tinariwen

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tinariwen   Primary Artist
Hassan   Children's Voices
Abdallah   Background Vocals
Saïd Ag Ayad   Percussion
Mohammed Ag Itlale   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ibrahim Ag Alhabib   Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni   Guitar,Vocals
Elaga Ag Hamid   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Abdallah Ag Lamida "Intidao"   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Wonou Walet Sidati   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Alhassane Ag Touhami   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Bala   Background Vocals
Sanou Ag Ahmed   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Liya Ag Ablil   Guitar
Fatma   Percussion,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Eyadou Ag Leche   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Aroun   Background Vocals
Dayasso   Background Vocals
Fatimata   Children's Voices
Mustapha AKA "Jean-Mustaph"   Background Vocals
Matthieu Rousseau   Percussion
Ousman   Children's Voices
Tendé   Percussion

Technical Credits

Cole Porter   Composer
Tim Oliver   Mastering
Andy Morgan   Executive Producer,translation
Jean Paul Romann   Producer,Engineer,Cover Photo
Rene Goiffon   Executive Producer
Mohammed Ag Itlale   Composer
Ibrahim Ag Alhabib   Composer
Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni   Composer
Nadia Belalimat   translation
Abdallah Ag Lamida "Intidao"   Composer
Alhassane Ag Touhami   Composer
Bastien Gsell   Executive Producer
Kanna De Tombouctou   Composer
Jessy Nottola   Director,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Filmmaker
Intagrist Ag Mohammed Mitta   translation
Mohammed Assori Ahmed   Poetry
Zeyd Ag Cheriff   translation

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