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The Radio Tisdas Sessions

Tinariwen Audio CD
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Recorded and produced by Justin Adams and Lo' Jo, this is Tinariwen's debut CD. Recorded in the Sahara desert last December, "The Radio Tisdas Sessions", showcases Tinariwen's desert blues in their raw and unadulterated state. These blues are of pain,suffering, exile and identity. This is the sound of the desert.Tinariwen will be appearing at this years WOMAD festival. There is strong media and press support for this release. Reviews to run in fRoots, Songlines, MOJO, Q and Broadsheets. Radio play on all specialist radio.


"An entrancing surprise." -- Neil Spencer – The Observer (UK)

"An extraordinary story, extraordinary music….Think of them as the new Riders On The Storm and be fearful." -- Mark Cooper – The Word (UK

Formed in a Libyan refugee camp nearly 20 years ago, Tinariwen are a group of Touareg musicians and singers who have revitalised their traditional musical style with electric guitars and a sense of rebellion. This is a recording made at a radio station in Mali last December with producers Justin Adams and Lo Jo. Working between 7pm and midnight (the only time when electricity was available), they've kept things rough and simple. The sound is about as raw and hypnotic as the desert blues gets. The seven-piece group (plus occasional female backing chorus) create a potent mix of wailing vocals, amped up electric guitars and clattering percussion. It's the sort of music that seeps into your bones, like the best country blues (or the African equivalent from Ali Farka Toure et al), it exudes a simplicity, passion and cool that just is. It's hard to pick out any one track, although I particularly like the ferocious guitar and wild whoops of "Zin Es Gourmeden". According to Andy Morgan's sleeve notes, Tinariwen provided the soundtrack to the Touareg uprisings in Mali and Niger in the early 1990s. This is genuine rebel music and it sounds it. Jamie Renton

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Outstanding 2001 album of real desert blues, played by Tuareg tribesmen.
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