- 24 Nov 17
Mali Hands Make Tight Work
Much has been made of Tinariwen’s background since they began to attract attention outside their native Mali, several of their members having fought in the Tuareg rebellion in that region in the early 90s, which gives them a slightly higher rebel cachet than, say, Coldplay.
I don’t wish to make light of their situation, which saw the band denounced as the devil’s music by militant Islamic groups, and founder member Ibrahim Ag Alhabib abducted and held captive in 2013, but I’m going to presume your grasp of the Tamasheq language is as loose as mine, so let’s concentrate on the music, and leave the lyrical content to the more qualified.
The Real Folk Blues. Highly recommended.