Not since Ali Farka Tourè collaborated with Ry Cooder back in 1994 has there been an album to rival – or better still – to sit so seamlessly alongside their masterpiece. The album is a timely reminder that while we all may inhabit a planet that is separated by seas and lands, we are in fact much closer to one another than we might be lead to believe.
So, find yourself 15 minutes, sit back and prepare to be sent on a journey.
The album is available through Amazon.
This is what keeps me a world music listener.
What a great way to start the year.
If you followed the group Tinariwen on their epic journey from their first release (still in my opinion the most interesting, but probably the least accessible to desert blues virgins) you’ll really appreciate the way their music has evolved and managed to reach an ever growing fan-base.
Toumastin’s second album, probably hidden from view due the publicity that Tinariwen has achieved in these years, is less strong than their first. For Tinariwen fans that track that is going to get the most traction is The best track has to be “Tarhamanine Assinegh”, with its rolling groove.
There a promotional video on the rights that brings a flavour of what to expect on the album.