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Tassili


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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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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti Records
  • ASIN: B0055WXHO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. IMIDIWAN MA TENNAM (feat. Nels Cline)
2. ASUF D ALWA
3. TENERE TAQQIM TOSSAM (feat. Tunde Adebimpe & Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio)
4. YA MESSINAGH (feat. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
5. WALLA ILLA
6. TAMEYAWT
7. IMIDIWAN WIN SAHARA
8. TAMIDITIN TAN UFRAWAN
9. ADEN OSAMNAT
10. TENIDAGH HEGH DJEREDJERE
11. SWEGH ATTAY

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2011 release from this band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. Features collaborations with Nels Cline, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio.

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If you enjoy world music, especially from Africa, you will love this CD.
Goodeknight
It is Northern African music that just happens to resonate with those of us (us being NAmerican) who come from the blues rock tradition.
Words Failing Me
It's very mellow, and I am pulled in by their haunting melodies and soulful singing.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By K. D. Kelly on September 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Just as it took a bitter, misguided war to kick-start the Summer of Love, Tinariwen was born out of refugee camps in North Africa in the early 1980s during a prolonged period of unrest.

This band of genuine nomads turned rebel fighters might never have made it out of the desert and onto the world stage if French band Lo'Jo hadn't caught Tinariwen performing at a festival in Mali in 1998 (eight years after it had returned to its homeland from exile) and invited the musicians on tour. Since then, championed by the likes of Robert Plant and Carlos Santana, the band has received numerous awards and accolades, and stands at the forefront of desert blues.

Not bad for a band that didn't acquire its first acoustic guitar until 1979, and for years after would perform for free for anyone who had a blank cassette and was willing to record the performance to share with others -- basically YouTube without the Internet.

Tinariwen -- which means "empty spaces" or "deserts" in its Tuareg tongue -- has grown into an ever-evolving collective with a handful of core members, which helps its sound stay fresh. On its fifth studio release, "Tassili," the band expands its horizons further with guest artists Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), Nels Cline (Wilco) and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. All are musicians at the top of their creative game.

It was a clever move by Tinariwen's new label, Anti-, to bring these guests into the mix, as it may help the band acquire a wider fan base. As well, "Tassili" features the band's first song with English lyrics, "Tenere Taqqim Tossam.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 7, 2011
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Before I listened to the album, I read the provided English translations of the lyrics, and they immediately created a mood. The desert, the need of water, the lament of disunity, loneliness, the displacement from home, the various sufferings all well up in the songs. Yes, the blues. Musician Ibrahim Ag Alhabib observes, "Even if I laugh with my mouth, my heart is bleeding." When Tinariwen burst upon the global music scene a decade ago, it was a fresh and unexpected sound. Here was bright desert electric guitar blues of nomads from the Sahara, the blue-clad Tuareg or Kel Tamashek, who for a while fled war from Mali into Algeria and Libya, from desert into town or camp, a minority who longed for recognition and a stake in the economy. The musical group later expanded their electric world music, exploring rap and reggae and other styles, touring the globe. Other Tuareg musicians soon formed their own groups and approaches. In this new recording, Tinariwen at times drops the glittering guitars and returns to acoustics. Even when electrified, the guitar work is staccato and subdued. We regard a more roots-driven album with a sadness in the voice and a clap of rhythm, not of joy. The only surprise is the fourth track where the trumpet and saxophones of the Dirty Dozen Band provide ornamentation. You can hardly notice, as they mainly play long note bass harmony. The camel-swaying beat is mesmerizing, and the human condition cries out. This is a wonderful development for Tinariwen. This is a very fine album.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Stalker on December 4, 2011
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When I first heard this music it was playing overhead in a store. I was not focusing on it but I noticed how I felt, and was almost dancing as I walked. I went to the counter and bought it. Whatever it was I wanted it. It is beyond words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Goodeknight on May 2, 2013
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I heard this CD on two different international flights (in-flight entertainment), and wanted it for a long time.

If you enjoy world music, especially from Africa, you will love this CD. While timeless, it has a more modern flavor and feel to it than traditional tribal music from, say, South Africa or Nigeria (Ladysmith, Olatunji, etc.) Great beats and instruments, and captivating voices.

Been listening to the autorip offered by Amazon from the day I bought it. The CD just arrived in the mail today, and I am very happy to see ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF EVERY SONG!!! Word for word, not just "This is a rebel war cry."

They're beautiful, poetic lyrics. For example:

I'm a prisoner of the present.
In moments of tribulation we share our suffering,
as we might share a glass of tea.
The hidden love I feel for that radiant face lightens my melancholy and loneliness.
I go and see my friends.
The smoke speaks to me
and my thoughts tell me tales.

Tuareg freedom fighters with guitars. FANTASTIC!! A sticker on the CD quotes Robert Plant saying, "Listening to Tinariwen is like dropping a bucket into a deep well." That covers it nicely.

If you like Tinariwen clips you've heard, get this CD and you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Caverly on December 9, 2011
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I've long held an academic interest in the indigenous peoples of North Africa, and this album has really captured the spirit of Tuareg culture. Tassili is easily accessible to a Western listener, and tracks like "Tameyawt" dig down to the raw soul of their (unfortunately) anachronistic nomadic culture.

Tinariwen's story itself is legendary, and this CD may well cement them into the position of the greatest band on the "world music" scene. It's unfortunate that they aren't touring at the moment due to the illness of their band leader, but we hope for his swift recovery and the resumption of what I'm certain is a killer live show.

Can't recommend this enough. A great gift for anyone who appreciates something off the beaten path.
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