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Imidiwan: Companions - Tinariwen

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2161

The cover image of Imidiwan

The cover image of Imidiwan

The swirling, hypnotic sound of Touareg rock band Tinariwen returns on their fourth album Imidiwan (which means “companions”).

The north African band’s last album put the rockier side of their electric blues sound to the forefront. This new offering has a more acoustic, rootsier feel, emphasising their desert heritage.

Moods on the new album shift from longing to joy. An accompanying booklet has English translations of the lyrics: “Is the revolution like those trees/Whose branches will grow if we water them?” asks vocalist Ibrahim Ag Alhabib.

The band’s members have grown up in refugee camps and among guerrillas fighting for change.

While keeping their distinctive sound the band continues to expand and develop. Treasure their new recording.

The album currently comes with a DVD of a concert in the desert.

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Tue 21 Jul 2009, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2161
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