Tinariwen perform in The Current studio

tinariwen press photo
Tinariwen (Marie Planeille)
Tinariwen perform in The Current studio
Download MP3
| 00:10:21
  • Tinariwen perform in The Current studio 10:21
  • Tinariwen: 'Chet Boghassa' live at The Current 03:54
  • Tinariwen: 'Chaghaybou' live at The Current 03:03

Tinariwen, a band composed of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, stopped in to The Current's studio ahead of their show Sunday night at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.

In an interview with The Current's Mac Wilson, Tinariwen talked about their most recent album, Emmaar, a word that describes the difference between cold and hot. The album was recorded in Joshua Tree, Calif., which has a landscape very familiar to the members of Tinariwen.

Later this year, Tinariwen will play at the Glastonbury Festival 2014, something they're looking forward to doing once again because — c'est le plus grand événement — it's the biggest gig they've ever played.

Songs Performed

"Chet Boghassa"
The first track is off Tinariwen's 2004 release, Amassakoul, and the second track is off the new album, Emmaar available on ANTI- Records.

Hosted by Mac Wilson
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark

Related Stories

  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars perform in studio Even though the members of R.A.S. travelled many of the same professional circles in their native Sierra Leone, it wasn't until they were all living at the Kalia Refugee Camp in Guinea that the roots of this band took shape.
  • Femi Kuti performs live in The Current studios Femi Kuti and The Positive Force came to The Current studios to record a few tracks and chatted with Mark Wheat about Grand Theft Auto, American roads, and the recent Broadway production dedicated to his father Fela, the pioneer of Afrobeat.
  • Searching for Sugar Man: The Rodriguez interview While nearly forgotten in the United States, '70s singer-songwriter Rodriguez became one of the most famous and beloved American rock artists in South Africa on the strength of his song "Sugar Man." Rodriguez stopped by The Current's Morning Show for an interview about his unlikely legacy.
  • Tony Allen performs in The Current studio Tony Allen is a Nigerian born, self taught musician who for eleven years, was the drummer and musical director for the legendary band Fela Kuti and Africa 70. Allen along with Kuti have been credited with pioneering afrobeat music. His latest project, "Secret Agent" was released in early 2010.

1 Photos

  • tinariwen in the studio of the current
    Tinariwen performing in The Current's studio (Tinariwen's Facebook page)

comments powered by Disqus