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Emmaar

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  • Audio CD (10 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wedge
  • ASIN: B00H4HNNNS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Toumast Tincha
  2. Chaghaybou
  3. Arhegh Danagh
  4. Timadrit in Sahara
  5. Imidiwan Ahi Sigdim
  6. Tahalamot
  7. Sendad Eghlalan
  8. Imidiwanin Ahi Tifhamam
  9. Koud Edhaz Emin
  10. Emajer

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Hugely celebrated and acclaimed, Tinariwen released their debut album, ‘The Radio Tisdas Sessions’ in 2001, and over the past decade they have continually toured the world, picking up some of the most respected music awards, including a BBC Award for World Music in 2005, the prestigious Praetorius Music Prize in Germany in 2008 , the Uncut Music Award in 2009 for ‘Imidiwan: Companions’ and, most recently, a Grammy for their 2011 album ‘Tassili’.

‘Emmaar’ was recorded in the Joshua Tree desert, California, due to political instability in their country - the first time the band have recorded away from their homeland. “It still had to be recorded in a desert,” says bassist Eyadou Ag Leche. “We would like to live in peace in the North of Mali, but this is very difficult, there is no administration, no banks, no food, no gas. Joshua Tree is in the high desert of California, we love all the desert, these are places where we feel good to live and to create.”

Recorded over three weeks in a home studio, ‘Emmaar’ has a distinctly organic feel. “We weren’t in a proper studio or outside in the desert like ‘Tassili’,” Ag Leche says. “We built a studio in a big house in Joshua Tree. Everybody in the same room, with no separation. We wanted something which sounded natural and live.”

Guests on the album include Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, Matt Sweeney from Chavez, Nashville fiddler Fats Kaplin, and poet Saul Williams.

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Absolutely beautiful music
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There is no doubt that on this album Tinariwen have amended their sound, no doubt as a result of recording in California during their hopefully short-lived exile from their homeland. This has probably made it a little more "acceptable" to a Western audience,, but to my mind has made it among their very best. There is more space in the sound this time, which highlights the intricate interplay between the instruments. The hypnotic rhythms and their unique guitar sound are intact. Reading the translated lyrics, the themes are of exile and loss and warn that peace imposed by force cannot last. Yet these downbeat sentiments are presented in music that uplifts and which it is impossible not to dance to, even sat in the car!
I can't wait to see them live again this July. For me, Tinariwen are one of the two best bands around at the moment (the other being the completely different The National).
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I have a huge respect for these guys as well as Terakaft and Tamikrest, and I love their kind of music. It is not for everyone, I'm sure, but for me this is one of their better albums. I got in to this music while driving around Morocco a few years ago and was turned on by some young guys in a little café in a small town somewhere halfway to the Sahara, and this is spine-tingling music that transports me right to the hot sand. Evocative and hair-raising stuff.
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Fantastic music..... It takes you to another world you never suspected existed. I have very eclectic tastes in music, from Opera to Jazz and just about everything in between. Jazz is really my favorite, but this CD rates high on my list. Love it!
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From all Tinariwen's albums, this one is the easiest for a Western ear. A mix of Touareg and western music. I bought it just for 1 song (the first one, amazing, captivating and magical) and I'm listening to it on repeat. A very good album.
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My favourite album of this band - this is moodier than previous ones and has a warm depth without becoming dark. What I love about them is that I don't have a clue what they're singing about so can just feel the music...
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Great album start to finish. Well worth it if you are into east African music. Going to see them live because album was so good.
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Tinariwen are the masters of the desert b;ues. I love all their tracks
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