Imidiwan: Companions

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 713746809621
  • Catalog Number: 468096
  • Sales rank: 65,192

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Imidiwan Afrik Temdam (3:32)
  2. 2 Lulla (3:49)
  3. 3 Tenhert (5:28)
  4. 4 Enseqi Ehad Didagh (5:40)
  5. 5 Tahult In (4:10)
  6. 6 Tamodjerazt Assis (4:51)
  7. 7 Intitlayaghen (4:49)
  8. 8 Imazeghen N Adagh (3:46)
  9. 9 Tenalle Chegret (5:43)
  10. 10 Kel Tamashek (3:16)
  11. 11 Assuf Ag Assuf (4:53)
  12. 12 Chabiba (3:21)
  13. 13 Ere Tasfata Adounia (4:53)
  14. 14 Desert Wind - Ibrahim Ag Alhabib (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Imidiwan Afrik Temdam
  2. 2 Amassakoul N'tenere
  3. 3 Tenhert
  4. 4 Begin the Beguine
  5. 5 Tenidagh Egh Diere Diere
  6. 6 Lulla
  7. 7 Amidinin
  8. 8 Cler Achel
  9. 9 Tamiditin Tadjer Essar
  10. 10 Imazeghen N'adagh
  11. 11 Desert Wind
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tinariwen Primary Artist
Al 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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