This is a rare opportunity to see the Touareg desert rockers performing an intimate acoustic show at the magnificent setting that is London’s Union Chapel. After their latest album, Tassili, won a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best World Music Album and the Songlines Music Award for Best Group, Tinariwen will put aside their trademark electric guitars for a more stripped-back performance.
Tinariwen are renowned for delivering an exceptional performance and are sure to rise above the complex Malian politics and media hype yet again. Their music of resistance is currently more resonant than ever, with violent conflicts between the national army and Touareg rebels taking place in northern Mali.
Touareg rebels declared independence for the region of Azawad, which was initially presented as a Touareg homeland. Two of the main band members, bandleader Ibrahim Ag Alhabib and acoustic guitarist/vocalist Elaga Al Hamid, were missing from the last Soundcrash show as they were reportedly stuck in refugee camps near the Algerian border.
Tinariwen was formed in the refugee camps of Algeria and Libya. The band has now become the soundtrack for Touareg independence and reconciliation, fighting for what they believe and expressing the aspirations of their people, the Kel Tamashek, in the southern Sahara. Deeply rooted in their culture and their history of rebellion, their music combines traditional Touareg melodies with Malian, Berber, Arabic and rock influences, creating an unmistakeable electrified desert blues sound.
The band are fresh from supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and have gained fans amongst the likes of Thom Yorke, Brian Eno, Bono and TV On The Radio. Hosted by Soundcrash on November 29 2012, this will be a truly remarkable event and not one to be missed.
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