Tinariwen - Tassili                    Release: 2. September 2011
V2 / Coop / Universal   

Interview & Fragenkatalog zum Download  (in Radioqualität)

29. 07.2011
Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
06.09. 2011 Hamburg, Fabrik
06.10.2011  Köln, Philharmonie
21.10.2011  Berlin, Kesselhaus


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Wir haben hier die Lyrics zum Album (in Englisch)

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Single Track 'Tenere Taqqim Tossam'

Diesmal hat die Band erstmalig Gäste eingeladen und das öffnet noch einmal den Raum:
Nels Cline (Wilco), Tunde Adebimpe & Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio) und die Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

TINARIWEN bedeutet so viel wie „Leerer Ort" in Referenz an den Lebensraum der Wüste. So handeln ihre Lieder von den Lebensumständen in der Sahara, den Erlebnissen in Lybiens Militärcamps und der Sehnsucht aus dem Exil nach Hause - über allem steht dabei ihr unbändiger Wunsch nach Autarkie und Freiheit.

tracklisting :

1.  Imidiwan Ma Tenam (feat Nels Cline of Wilco)
2.  Asuf D Alwa
3.  Tenere Taqhim Tossam (feat Tunde Adebimpe & Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio)
4.  Ya Messinagh
5.  Walla Illa
6.  Tameyawt
7.  Imidiwan Win Sahara
8.  Tamiditin Tan Ufrawan
9.  Tiliaden Osamnat
10. Djeredjere
11. Iswegh Attay

Featuring some intriguing collaborations with TV on the Radio and Nels Cline of Wilco, the album sees them setting the electric guitar to one side and giving pride of place to acoustic sounds,recorded right in the heart of the desert.

Forced to record their new album far from their base in Tessalit northern Mali (where many of their previous albums were recorded), which is now deemed too insecure for outsiders to visit, Tinariwen converged in the deserts of southern Algeria, near the town of Djanet, in a protected region called the Tassili N’Ajjer, in late 2010 to begin work on the 11-track record.

The place has historical significance for these old rebels. Back in the days of migration and rebellion it served as a refuge on the road to the Libyan training camps.  It was in this lunar landscape of white sand, rocky outcrops that musicians and technicians gathered between November and December 2010, under a Mauritanian tent, with 400 kilos of gear to begin recording.

In this natural open space it was decided to approach the sessions in an unorthodox manner and, unlike the way it’s done in most studios, let the musicians give their inspiration free rein during seemingly endless sessions around the campfire. It took three weeks to gather all the songs on Tassili.  Some are recent. Others have been dug up out of a much older, even traditional, repertoire.

During the last week of recordings the singer Tunde Adebimpe and the guitarist Kyp Malone from the New York band TV On The Radio arrived at the camp. The two bands had been forging links ever since they met at the Coachella Festival in California back in 2009, links which were consolidated at both a show at WOMAD in Abu Dhabi in March 2010 and then Tinariwen’s Hollywood Bowl gig in Los Angeles when Kyp and Tunde were invited on stage to jam with the band.

Out in the desert, the contributions of the two musicians and later additions by guitarist Nels Cline and the horns of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, recorded in their home-town of New Orleans, give Tassili the character of an album which reaches deep into the essence of Tinariwen’s art whilst simultaneously opening itself out to the wider world.

In the past ten years the band have made a significant ascent playing over 800 concerts in Europe and North America as well as releasing four acclaimed albums, The Radio Tisdas Sessions in 2001, Amassakoul in 2004, Aman Iman in 2007 and Imidiwan: Companions in 2009. Along the way they have picked up a number of awards (BBC Award for World Music in 2005, the prestigious Praetorius Music Prize in Germany in 2008) and a raft of ‘legendary’ fans including the likes of Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, TV on the Radio and Bono & the Edge.

Imidiwan: Companions also picked up the much-respected Uncut Music Award in November of 2009  beating off stiff competition from the likes of Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, Animal Collective & Grizzly Bear.


Thom Yorke (Radiohead):
“The Clock was totally taken from this weird ‘Arabian festival in the desert’ that Robert Plant did. There are a couple of tracks where these guitar players from Mali play these amazing riffs. So I copied their style and improvised for 10 minutes and then just randomly recorded bits until I captured something of what they were doing.” (Mojo Magazine, UK).
Kyp Malone & Tunde Adebimpe (TV ON THE RADIO):
"We were simultaneously stunned that we'd never heard of them before and amazed at how bad they made everyone else look!” (BBC)

Damon Albarn:
“They were proper rebels, and what a wonderful way to
advertise a problem to the world: through music. You don’t have to understand the words to hear something deeper in it. It’s the mood that says it all.” (Q Magazine, UK).
Robert Plant:
“Listening to Tinariwen is like dropping a bucket into a deep well.”
Chris Martin (Coldplay):
“...so much amazing music inspired us on this record.
We listened to Rammstein and Tinariwen, one after
the other, and the middle part of ‘42’ came naturally
from that. There were no limits.”
(Talking about the album‘Viva la Vida’ to Rock’n’ Folk France)