Saharan band Tinariwen will tour the world this fall in promotion of their forthcoming album, Amadjar, a record that’s set to feature contributions from Warren Ellis, Micah Nelson, Stephen O’Malley, and many more. On the Philly front, they’ll appear at Union Transfer on September 23rd.
With the announcement of their new music and tour, they also shared the fourth track on the new album, called “Taqkal Tarha”. The song features Micah Nelson on mandolin and charango and incorporates a distinct North American folk sound that Tinariwen’s extensive discography has never before included.
The band, a collective of Tuareg singers and musicians, have been making music since the early aughts, their last release being Elwan in 2017. Tinariwen wrote all of the songs for Amadjar while traveling in a camper through the Sahara, and they recorded it under a tent in the desert near Nouakchott without any effects or fancy production equipment. The result is raw and natural as one could be, discussing through song the social, political, and environmental issues that continuously afflict the people of Mali, their home country.
Amadjar will be available on September 6th via ANTI- Records. For now, listen to the group’s new single, “Taqkal Tarha”, and catch them at Union Transfer on September 23rd. More info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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