TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER - 8:00 PM
Ousmane Ag Mossa vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar
Aghaly Ag Mohamedine djembe, vocals
Cheick Ag Tiglia bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
Paul Salvagnac lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar
Nicolas Grupp drums, percussion
There’s a raw beauty in Tamikrest’s rock’n’roll. It’s there in the driving, insistent groove that powers the songs, the lean, snaking bass lines and the guitars that twine and twist around the melodies, and the utterly natural musical blending of Sahel Africa, the Maghreb, and the West – a reflection of influences as diverse as Pink Floyd, Rachid Taha, and flamenco. Yet the Sahara, and the people who live there, is always firmly at its heart.
All around Kidal, the Malian desert stretches in every direction. Fought over, conquered and re-conquered, it remains the symbol of Tuareg defiance and hope, the spiritual home of a dispossessed people. It is also the town in which Tamikrest first came together as a group, and on Kidal, Tamikrest’s fourth studio album, the band pays homage to this place that’s nurtured them and their people.