(Taken from ‘Live In London’ DVD)
Over the weekend, while traveling by train back from Portsmouth, I watched this fine live dvd, of Tinariwen ( “empty places”) … a band formed in 1982 of Tuareg people who had been conscripted into Muammar al-Gaddafi’s army.
They play in the Tishoumaren (“music of the unemployed”) style, and sing mostly in the French and Tamashek languages.
They are said to be the first Tuareg band to use electric guitars
As ever, a huge thanx for the dvd, given to me by my constant muse Tommy True
They have met great resistance from rock radio and press unable to embrace a non-English speaking act, but have forged a career playing world music festivals. At times, the band feels that their music is underappreciated despite the fact that they have been doing many interviews with the media in recent years.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Chris Martin cited Tinariwen as having a great influence on Coldplay’s 2008 album, Viva la Vida.
But we won’t hold that against them, eh?