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Terakaft rocks la fête de la music

Tuareg rockers Terakaft have been touring Europe for the past couple of months. They played in Paris at the much-hyped Fête de la Musique on 21 June. Imagine a story that began a few centuries ago. Imagine a time when Timbuktu was so busy that it would make New York City blush. Imagine an age… Read More ›

Interview with Vieux Farka Touré & Idan Raichel

Vieux Farka Touré and Idan Raichel, the Touré-Raichel Collective, launched the 2012 edition of the Jazz N Klezmer festival. I spoke with these two wandering musicians after the show. Music has no frontiers. For millennia, musicians have traveled through mountains, deserts and oceans, bringing along their instruments, melodies and influences. They have met other musicians and… Read More ›

Interview with Issa Dicko – Part 1 (French)

Issa Dicko is a Touareg intellectual, co-founder of the festival in the desert, and cultural promoter of the Taghreft Tinariwen association. In this first part, he exposed his views on the political issues in the Sahara desert, and most notably in the region of Kidal, northern Mali. Originally broadcast on Amandla, an African current affairs… Read More ›

Tinariwen interview

The desert bluesmen Tinariwen are back on the road to promote their brand new album, Imidiwan. They were recently passing by London. I met the bassist of the band Eyadou Ag Leche for a quick chat. He talked about their influences and the role of Tinariwen within the Touareg community. He also explained the signification… Read More ›