If you want your `desert blues' with a lot more electric bite - here is the album for you. Strutting powerful music, like a Saharan Rolling Stones, on this album Tamikrest are mean and moody and take no prisoners. This is a high energy album, visceral and yet still with its roots in the trancey traditional music of Tuareg culture.
Recorded in honour of the role women played in keeping families strong and together during the devastation wrought by the recent imposition of Islamic sharia law in Mali, the title of this album translates as `Sisters.' The opening track `Tisnant an Chatma (The suffering of my sisters)' is a heartbreaking homage to them: `Who can estimate the suffering felt by the soul of one who sees her sisters exhausted from waiting .... in deep distress and daily oppression?'
No star-lit, intimate fire-side desert jam this album, it's raw and beautifully hardcore `desert rock' rather than `desert blues.' A gorgeous, enchanting full-on album experience - I bet you can't keep your body still while you listen to it. Perhaps the best album of this genre I have ever heard - absolutely spine tingling.
Nicholas Breeze Wood