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cookiemonster76 evocative, haunting, rocking desert blues. I keep coming back to this album. Favorite track: Adounia tabarat.
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Lute FP This album perfectly fuses blues, rock, and north African traditional sounds. The female choir-like and solo singing send this over the top.

I kept thinking this sounded Malian. I’m no expert, but after Amadou y Mariam I got the idea that Malian music has a lot of Western influence, particularly in the vocals. Less nasally and more melodic, to my ear. Turns out this band is from Mali, but emigrated to the Saharan region.

This has reinvigorated my interest in African desert blues music
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Curvoid Just discovered these guys, what a wonderful album. Tisnant an Chatma is my fav at the moment but they're all growing on me immensely!
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Filipe Nunes Chatma is a great feature album to showcase what the Desert Blues is all about. I still listen to it on a daily basis nearly 2 months after purchase. The opening song Tisnant an Chatma is one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded imo. Favorite track: Tisnant an Chatma.
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yves Real desert music ! Listen Adounia tabarat or Tisnant an Chatma songs, and you are suddenly flying in warm air, with desert all around you, reminding you we could all dance all together like spirits from same mother earth. Favorite track: Djanegh etoumast.
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    Full Tamikrest LP discopgraphy. Includes:

    - ADAGH (180g vinyl)
    - TOUMASTIN (180g vinyl)
    - CHATMA (180g vinyl + CD)
    - TAKSERA (180g 'Record Store Day' release, includes download code)
    - KIDAL (180g vinyl, includes download code and immediate download of the album from Bandcamp)

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    Full Tamikrest CD discography. Includes:

    - ADAGH
    - CHATMA
    - TAKSERA (tour only CD)
    - KIDAL
    - TAMOTAIT (with a Bandcamp download)

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Itous 03:26
Assikal 04:48
Takma 04:36
Timtar 04:52


Tamikrest means “crossing” in the language of the Kel Tamashek, a traditionally nomadic Saharan people that are commonly referred to as the Tuaregs. It is an apt name for a band that so successfully merges the values of their timeless culture with the sounds and visions they have encountered on a headlong journey to the concert stages and ipods of the world.

Since the band emerged onto the international scene four years ago with their debut album “Adagh”, they have been in constant motion, moving between the Sahara and Europe as though these places were next-door neighbors. All the while, during this same time period, their homeland has suffered increasingly profound and catastrophic events. Originally hailing from Kidal, in the northeast of Mali, as the result of ongoing war, persecution and political collapse most of the band now lives in exile in Algeria.

These last years have been intensely vivid for Tamikrest, defined as they have been by both tragic sadness (families and friends turned refugees, the brutal imposition of Sharia law in their hometown) and collective growth (their musical dreams building one upon another).

Their new album “Chatma”, their third, deftly navigates these experiences and fashions them into a fully persuasive and poetic musical document. The album is filled with sober reflection, moral indignation, musical experimentation, cultural celebration and the kick of rock and roll.

“Chatma” is also Tamikrest’s first album to be wholly written around a defined theme. In Tamashek “Chatma” means “Sisters” and the band has dedicated the album in their own words to: “the courage of the Tuareg women, who have ensured both their children's survival and the morals of their fathers and brothers.”

The opening track “Tisnant an Chatma (The suffering of my sisters)” is a heartbreaking homage: « Who can estimate the suffering felt by the soul / of one who sees her sisters exhausted from waiting/ of one who sees her sisters exhausted from waiting between countries, in deep distress /and daily oppression? «

Fittingly for an album so lyrically evocative, “Chatma “ also delivers Tamikrest's most wide-screen and wide-ranging sonic statement to date. The infectious, sing-along rock stylings of "Imanin bas zihoun", the acoustic seduction of “Adounia tabarat”, the Pink Floyd influenced montage "Assikal" and the lush, melancholy ambiance of the albums finale, “Timtar”, all add up to a sustained audio adventure. Echoes of dub, blues, psychedelia, funk and even art-rock are seamlessly weaved by Tamikrest into their increasingly individual take on the Tuareg musical tradition.

And on an album where the title translates as "Sisters", it makes perfect sense that this time around we hear the full emergence of the haunting voice of female vocalist Wonou Walet Sidati in tandem with lead vocalist Ousmane Ag Mossa. A new guitarist, Paul Salvagnac has also joined the band, bringing with him fresh textures and possibilities.

Contemporary Tuareg music has produced several unforgettable albums in recent years and "Chatma" certainly deserves to be ranked with these. But one also gets the sense, when listening to “Chatma” that there is something uniquely innovative and exploratory about Tamikrest's musical quest and that at last they have stepped into a wide-open space of their own.


released September 13, 2013


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