TI­NARI­WEN

Live In Paris, Oukis N’Asuf Wedge ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

When Ti­nari­wen ar­rived at the Bouffes du Nord venue in Paris last De­cem­ber on the fi­nal date of their Em­maar al­bum tour, they were a band who’d seen and ex­pe­ri­enced much in their long ca­reer. Be­tween the Tuareg group’s for­ma­tive years in Al­ge­ria and Libya, their emo­tional re­turn to north­ern Mali and the sub­se­quent 2012 An­sar Dine up­ris­ing in their na­tive land which tar­geted mu­si­cians like them, Ti­nari­wen’s ca­reer has been full of drama. The emo­tional power of their mu­sic was am­pli­fied here by the pres­ence of vet­eran Tuareg singer and ac­tivist Lalla Badi, who joined them for some slow, shim­mer­ing tinde tracks. We largely as­so­ciate Ti­nari­wen with evoca­tive, hazy, pow­er­ful desert blues and tracks like Azwad, and Chaghay­bou are pro­pelled to new heights by Ibrahim Ag Al­habib’s fiery gui­tar. ti­nari­wen.com

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