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Imidiwan - Companions

Tinariwen Audio CD
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The desert is a place of hardship and subtle beauty, a stark world that reveals its secrets slowly and carefully. Life in the desert is resilient and strong, and the people are gentle giants among the sand, storms, and sun. For Saharan blues band Tinariwen, the desert is their home, and their hypnotic and electrifying guitar rock reflects complex realities of their homebase in North West ... Read more in Amazon's Tinariwen Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Independiente
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Imidiwan Afrik Tendam
2. Lulla
3. Tenhert
4. Enseqi Ehad Didagh
5. Tahult In
6. Tamudjeras Assis
7. Intitlayaghen
8. Imazaghen N Adagh
9. Chegret
10. Kel Tamashek
11. Assuf Ag Assuf
12. Chabiba
13. Ere Tasfata Adounia

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BBC Review

Album number four from Tinariwen reunites the Touareg troubadours with producer Jean-Paul Romann for the first time since 2001's debut offering, The Radio Tisdas Sessions.

Following 2007's acclaimed Aman Iman, this new 13-strong collection finds the Saharan seven-piece continuing to fire on musical cylinders souped up over the best part of three decades together. That it offers a more-of-the-same proposition that hypnotically blends Malian desert blues with twanging guitar-led Tichumaren agit-prop to create a sound altogether unique, is surely recommendation enough.

Romann takes a back-to-basics, don't-get-in-the-way approach on Imidiwan: Companions that serves the material well. Opening track Imidiwan Afrik Tendam ('My Friends From All Over Africa') gets things off to a warm, quietly celebratory start before Lulla sparks into enticing sirenic life.

There's vitality and colour aplenty in the magnificent invocation of a desert deer, Tenhert ('The Doe'), and in the swirling delirium of Kel Tamashek ('The Tamashek People').

Insinuating itself throughout is a dark beauty that hints at the political and cultural hardships of north African life, with Chegret ('The Thread') an unyielding but wistful interrogation of surviving on a shifting ocean of sand beneath burning sun. No less haunting is Assuf Ag Assuf ('Assuf, Son of Assuf') while Tamudjeras Assis ('Regret Is Like A Storm') scorches with its coruscating intensity before the radiantly beautiful Chabiba ('Youth') and otherworldly-sounding untitled hidden bonus track brings things to a mesmerising conclusion --Michael Quinn

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MALI MAGIC 27 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Surely the time is right for this magic band to break through and become massive,Tinariwen are a visionairy grooup,lauded by stars such as Robert Plant they prove that language is not a barrier,they are part of the toureg race,dwellers in the Saharan Mali area and they make tough uncompromising pan cultural music,see their DVD"live at the shepherds Bush empire"for proof of haw to get an audience dancing!!!!
This is a great album which can only enhance their status as africasa premier blues band.excellent!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mercurial Mali,s . 13 July 2009
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A band whose name has orbited the outer realms of my musical awareness Tinariwen,s fourth album has finally seen me part with some of my hard earned readies to see what the fuss is about. For more than 30 years, this raggedy band of rebel Touaregs from Mali have plied their trade gradually , inexorably surfacing into public consciousness . Are they worth the kerfuffle, the effort , the expenditure to find out what music is all about?
Well of course they are. The four stars give that away really . Fusing wiry but complex guitar patterns with errr wiry but complex vocal arrangements the music is resonantly personal and clearly of a place and a time. Without concessions to their burgeoning western audience ( at least to my ears ) Tinariwen have resisted the temptation to dilute their sound to accommodate , betting reasonably why change a winning formula.
Highlights of the albums thirteen song set include the harmonious hypnotic album opener "Imdiwan Afrik Tendam ", "Kel Tamashek " , a whirling dervish of a song with rhythms flying off a immeasurable tangents , the dense slow burn funk of "Tamult In" and the introduction of female harmonies on "Chabiba" is especially welcome .
You could also the admire the wiry circuitous riff of "Tenhert " or the way "Tenalle Chegret" is so delicately languorous without ever becoming tedious . Which occasionally the album is by the way. Closing instrumental "Ere Tasfata Adounia" feels tacked on and even a vocal track like "Assuf Ag Assuf " drags. The music does firmly stick to a formula but as it's one that has done so well for them that is understandable and for the most part it is intoxicating .
The accompanying DVD is worth a watch ,though may have a very limited repeat appeal. The music though is likely to enthral for many months, years to come. Like the desert which the Touregs roam -constantly shifting , evolving ..... spellbinding and beautiful but somehow always the same.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More uncompromising 'desert blues' from Mali. 15 Jun 2009
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
'Imidiwan' is the fourth album by the exciting Touareg 'desert blues' band, Tinariwen, which maintains the high standards of their previous recordings. Despite their popularity they show no signs of compromising their style for a Western rock audience and the passionate, mesmerising music on this marvellous CD transcends any language barrier. There is also a bonus DVD of a short film shot on location in the Sahara by French film maker Jessy Nottola. 'Imidiwan' should be a strong contender for the best album of 2009.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet? 7 July 2009
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Having played all their first three albums a LOT, I really didn't see that they could do much more to impress me, but Tinariwen have come up with a real killer here.

The laid-back feel of the 'Radio Tisdas Sessions' is brilliantly combined with the sharp production of 'Amassakoul' and particularly 'Aman Iman' to create the most coherent and vibe-filled of all their efforts so far.

And if that doesn't convince you, there's also a free DVD featuring the band recording the album - out in the desert of course.

This band is truly one of the very best around today in any genre - long may they continue to dazzle us and entertain us - looking forward to the next batch of gigs guys...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic again! 6 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Imidiwan: Companions

This group did it again. Wonderfull music, great poems, just went to their concert at Arrabida WM Festival last friday. Beautifull and fullfiling, the best from Africa in the last ten years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very much recommend 7 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First heard this group on radio 3 'World on 3' and found their sound immediately appealing. They evoke the wide open spaces of the desert and vastness of the sky and stars at night, while at the same time the discordancy speaks of anger and loss. Knowing a little of this part of the world I find this music compelling and if I have one criticism it must be the similarity of the tracks overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Companion 19 Aug 2009
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Love this CD have listenend over and over and still find something new and lovely each time I hear it. Buy it and try it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imidiwan 5 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
By far their best album, haunting desert blues rhythms Touareg vocals & chants and stunning guitar - if you like Ali Farka Toure, you'll enjoy this ; a brilliant album.
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Published 20 days ago by michael peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars This is probably my favourite of their albums
Tinariwen have built themselves a huge reputation - and deservedly so. This is probably my favourite of their albums, though it's a close run thing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher R. Flood
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Published 1 month ago by ludwig sterk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Great album of west African desert blues .Even though this is ancient music it is as fresh today as it ever was and is so accessible to modern ears .
Published 13 months ago by naomi warner
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This is a band of musicians that my daughter turned me onto through her love of Robert Plant. Since then I have bought every cd of theirs and I recommend anyone who has a passion... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by lylexx
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuareg Bluesmen stay top of their game
Another blinding album from the kings of the Tuareg blues. The CD comes with a beautifully shot and insightful DVD. Read more
Published on 29 July 2009 by Fluffty
4.0 out of 5 stars Tinaraiwen: Imidiwan: Companions
Great to hear tracks we have only heard live before. Does not grab us yet as much as 'Aman Iman', that may be because we have not had the chance to listen to it enough yet.
Published on 18 July 2009 by Elizabeth J Clinton
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