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TAMIKREST embody the spirit of a fiercely independent people with their unique Saharan sounds - a 21st century rock group who just happen to live in the middle of the desert’ says Mojo magazine about this young band from the north of Mali.
When TAMIKREST stepped onto the scene in 2010 the stakes were raised. They took generators deep into the desert in search of the perfect synthesis of their traditional chants, ritual drumming and loping rhythms with the music of their heroes Pink Floyd and Bob Marley. The hypnotic dub, a psychedelic blues and an almost supernatural kind of desert garage mixed with the enchanted ancient mystique of their songs is described by the Quietus as ‘a super sound, with an effortless, yet focused groove’. It captures the ear immediately.
‘All credit to TAMIKREST for taking the Tuareg sound in brilliant new directions" says Songlines magazine, ’nowadays, TAMIKREST hold up the torch high and lead the way towards something one might call ‘Tuareg Indie’.
'Chatma' is the latest album by Tuareg indie TAMIKREST. It is a fully persuasive sonic document and is filled with sober reflection, moral indignation, musical experimentation, cultural celebration and the kick of rock and roll. 'Chatma' translates as "Sisters" and the band have 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."
WINNER OF THE SONGLINES MUSIC AWARDS in category ‘Best Group Of The Year 2014’
9/10 Louder Than War
**** The Guardian
**** Time Out (Album of The Week)
**** Financial Times
**** The Independent on Sunday
***** Irish Times
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