Me Gusta La Musica // Tinariwen

Tuesday night we saw Tinariwen at The Belly Up.  It was totally unreal.  It made me feel a renewed faith in music.  I tend to get frustrated with pop music (though I'm not above listening to it,) feel like there's no real originality left out there and that mind-blowing music from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan or Joplin are over and done.  Then I see a band like Tinariwen and find my mind literally blown.  Their spirit, rhythm and dance moves (!) are absolutely amazing and stunning.  It's an experience you should really not miss the next time they're in your 'hood.  Here's their description of their sound:

Tinariwen are poet-guitarists and soul rebels from the Southern Sahara desert. Their music expresses the aspirations of their people, the Kel Tamashek or 'Touareg' of the southern Sahara desert. The guitar is their weapon. Simplicity is Freedom. 

So rad.  Also, they are just so amazing to look at:

photo by Nadia Nid El Mourid

photo by Nadia Nid El Mourid

photo by Nadia Nid El Mourid

photo by Thomas Dorn
photo by Thomas Dorn

Here's their recording studio.  Amazingness:

All images are from the Tinariwen Facebook page, where you should go immediately to become a fan and find out when they'll be playing near you.

Here's some video action of the bitcheness:


La Feem said...

So amazing!!! I can only imagine the brilliance of them live.

Lauren said...

This is hands down my favorite post. =)

kendall k. said...

holy shit, they sounds awesome! remind me a bit of nina simone. I will definitely check them out when they're in town next. Thanks for the head's up.

This Time now said...

Amazing! I had a chance to see them for free, in concert at The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. We were all mesmerized. I'll keep reading your blog, I just discovered it. Sweet!

julia wheeler said...

total brilliance, heather.

thanks, sister:)

kendall, totally awesome... check them out for sures!

TTN, that sounds unreal! how amazing! thanks for sticking around;) xo

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