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|2. Oualahila Ar Tesninam|
|5. Chet Boghassa|
|7. Tenere Dafeo Nikchan|
|8. Aldhechen Manin|
|9. Alkhar Dessouf|
|10. Eh Massina Sintadoben|
In the same way that the experience of displacement and disenfranchisement has produced a vibrant rebel music culture among the Saharawi people of Western Sahara, Tinariwen's roots lie in the Touareg rebellion and subsequent diaspora of Toureg people which took place after Mali's independence.
Tinariwen were the first group to adapt traditional Touareg music onto electric guitars when they began making music in 1979. They are still led by original member Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who has the most distinctive vocal and guitar style of the current male soloists.
Four of the six other musicians represented on "Amassakoul" have joined the group since their 2001 debut "The Radio Tisdas Sessions".And this second album is a more polished and varied affair, with less massive reverb and a good deal more studio tinkering on most songs.
As before, "Amassakoul" is dominated by distinctively gentle rocking rhythms (which emulate the gait of a camel in all its moods), call and response vocals, gnarled but simple guitar lines, ululations and handclaps.
New elements include the occasional use of flute on tracks like "Alkhar Dessouf" and the closing vocal drone of "Assoul". There's also more percussive detail than before best heard on "Eh Massina Sintadoben" and the vocal patterns of "Araouane" seem to show the influence of Jamaican-style chatting or rapping.
Otherwise, this is pretty much the Tinariwen fans will know and love. The shock of the new that made their first album so appealing isn't as strong, but just as nomads never stand still, they are moving on musically. --Jon Lusk
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A must have example of world music. As good as their live performances.
Listen to it, then listen again and again.
I have just been lent this CD from a friend and it has been a revelation to me. Brilliant rock and blues riffs merge with all the traditional Saharan influences to produce... Read morePublished on 8 April 2010 by PRS
Loved the hypnotic rolling riffs, the gravel rough lead vocal and the smooth as silk backing harmonies. Read morePublished on 3 July 2009 by M. Newnham
Tinariwen produce classical visceral guitar blues sounds that have your body swaying and head nodding in synch with the music. Read morePublished on 11 July 2005 by Erika Borsos