TINARIWEN - AMASSAKOUL
Vinyl LP pressing. Even for a band hailing from the nomadic Tuareg population, roaming the deserts of Mali, Africa, the members of the Grammy winning band Tinariwen have travelled further than most. Since breaking through to a global audience, their music has taken them around the world and been championed by artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke and TV on the Radio. AMASSAKOUL, released in 2004, was made by a band in which four of the six players were newcomers and represented a shift to a more produced, intricate sound. It preserved the loose, camel-back rhythms, call-and-response vocals, lively guitars, and handclaps of Tinariwen's unique sound but added a vocal drone to 'Assoul' and influences from Jamaican toasting on Tamashek rap track 'Arawan' and on 'Oualahila Ar Tesninam,' the group's hardest rock track yet. The album's name tellingly translates from Tamashek to 'The Traveler.'