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Radio Tisdas Sessions [Import, Original recording reissued]

TinariwenAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Tinariwen are often associated with just one image: that of Touareg rebels leading the charge, machine gun in hand and electric guitar slung over the shoulder. The band ditch this cliché on their fifth album Tassili and it’s for the best. The founding members abandoned their weapons long ago and on this new album they have engineered a minor aesthetic revolution by setting the ... Read more in Amazon's Tinariwen Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: World Village USA
  • ASIN: B00006RYAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Word of Tinariwen, or rather one of its members, first spread in 2001 when Lo'Jo played a festival in Mali. When the sound system was stolen en route to the festival site, Tinariwen guitarist Kheddou--a celebrated desert warrior--found the bandits and made them give it back. The band actually formed in 1982 in Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi's rebel camp, but these desert warriors soon concentrated on their Malian homeland. As with their countrymen Ali Farka Toure and Boubacar Traoré, there is a direct line between Tinariwen's desert songs and the blues. Composed of six guitarists-vocalists, a percussionist, and three backup singers, the group plays hypnotic blues figures that fit nicely next to galloping local rhythms. The singers take turns telling their stories, often in call-and-response style. --Tad Hendrickson

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Sands: Beautiful Notes on the Wind January 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a mix of modern and traditional music created by a nomadic tribe from the Sub-Sahara desert. The tribe officially lives in the country of Mali but at the turn of the century the French occupied their land. The fierce independent nature of the people is expressed through their music. The liner notes are required to understand the theme of the songs: methods to achieve freedom and independence under restrictions and occupation. This group was not popular under the French occupation at the turn of the century nor while Mali became a country; they did not accept the "status quo", of other people placing artificial borders on their lifestyle. The music reflects their free spirit: it is ambient, uninhibited, natural,
and does not possess the over-powering percussion often associated with nomadic Arabic people. There are male vocals with a great guitar rhythm and melody ... sometimes there is a female chorus that responds to the male vocals. This is traditional music called "Tishoumaren" or "Ishumar" for short that is in the "new style" accompanied by guitar instead of the traditional lute ... The group was influenced by modern guitarists & pop musicians such as Bob Marley, John Lennon, & Bob Dylan (the liner notes inform us). While there is an Arabic sound to the language, the language is called "Kel Tamashek".

There is a plaintif quality to the vocals, reminding one of the struggle for rights and freedom while being overpowered by outside influences. They basically sing about the right to survive and exist ... During rebellious times, the music was banned in Mali and Algeria in the 1980s - even selling it on the black market resulted in beatings or worse by the authorities.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly addictive blend October 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am a person with extremely catholic taste in music. But, up 'til now, I've reacted to so-called "world beat" music as I would if I'd seen a coffee stand advertising fair trade shade-grown organic blend: I'd conclude their heart's in the right place, then run quickly in the other direction.

I stumbled upon Tinariwen completely by accident. Robert Plant had compiled a music CD for a British music magazine, and along with his old blues favorites, he included "Imidiwaren." The track was not only a stand-out favorite, it was a total earworm. I broke down and ordered Radio Tisdas Sessions, and several months later, it's still at the top of my playlist. Somewhere along the way, I also picked up Tinariwen's other CD, Amassakoul (also incredible), and am currently obsessively seeking out any track I can possibly find from this incredible band.

What can I say about the music? I know next to nothing about the band itself, and actually learned a lot by reading several highly informed reviews here. Needless to say, I can't make heads or tails of the band's lyrics (though at this point, I'd love to find a lyric sheet, so I can sing along). It's haunting, but funky, with crazy danceable rhythms and badass electric guitars. I'm also very taken by the call-and-reponse style vocals--it sounds like virtually everone in the band sings at one point or another. Think Sly and the Family Stone without that chick who can only scream. All I can say is, when we visited Tunisia a few years back, I was desperately hoping to encounter music like this (though we were in actuality confronted by sublimely terrible Eurodisco music at every point).

Oh, and I also found this completely righteous organic coffee blend....
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hypnotic February 24, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Hypnotic, fabulous sounds from this Taureg group. I admit to having a huge sweet spot for their guitar work, and have played the cd obsessively since purchasing it. The blend of guitar and North African-like sound is steady, but never boring. The Radio Tisdas Sessions cd is probably my most successful gamble on an unknown artist. Where do I find more?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums 2002 January 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I didn't know what to expect when I picked this CD up. It is one of the most different and wonderful recordings I've ever heard. It sounds like wandering the Sahara by camel should sound like.
I work in a cafe and play this often while at work. I always have people stop and ask, who is this? Where are they from? Where did you find it?
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Ali Farka Toure, check this out...!! January 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Slow, hypnotic West African music, very much in keeping with the griot-pop crossovers of Ali Farka Toure and Toumane Diabate. These guys have a colorful back story: apparently the bandmembers are all originally part of the Tuareg guerilla movement of their native Mali. They met in a military training camp, and somehow made the transition into music, winning acclaim with critics in Europe and, presumably, getting some good press for their political cause as well. I'm not so enamoured of the shoot-'em-up aspect of their history, but their record is alright. As with much of the music in this style, I found this disc to be a bit on the monotonous side -- it's very pretty, but not very dynamic or varied. Still, if you're a fan of Ali Farka Toure, then you should enjoy this album quite a bit -- it doesn't cut any new roads, but it's got a modern sound and is very mellow and nice to chill out to.
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