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BMV#7 Tinariwen – Imidiwan: Companions

I still thank Mr. 1537 for pointing me towards this incredible unit.

If, like me, you dig their groovin’ desert blues, then this album will please you as greatly as any of their other work pleases you. Brilliant stuff!

My copy came with a DVD containing a 30 minute documentary about the band.

Tinariwen – Aman Iman: Water Is Life +10:1

Pride Of Taranna Series Pt. 21: Sonic Boom #10: Tinariwen – Aman Iman: Water Is Life +10:1

‘Twas our venerable and trustworthy 1537 who introduced me to the beguiling and persuasive powers of this great act, a gesture for which I will forever be grateful.

This 2007 release is 12 tracks of sheer bliss. Take the swirling chants, rhythms and vital life energy of Touareg music and mix in bluesy riffs, wah pedals and distortion, and you end up with a brilliant mélange of sounds that pulls you in, holds you close, and refuses to let you go.

There is pure magic in these songs, born of the rebel spirit and that same grit and power of the earliest blues masters. You could be anywhere in the world, listening to this, but once the notes hit your ears you are in the desert, listening to desert blues, under a night sky with the rest of the world a million miles away, and there’s no place you’d rather be.

Tinariwen are the real deal. Get you some.


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