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Tag: Kidal

Tamikrest: The new wave of Touareg rock

Representing the new generation of Touareg rock called ishumar, “music of the unemployed”, Tamikrest is the noble heir of legend Tinariwen. Far from the Malian Sahara, where the members are from, they’ve landed in the West for their first tour outside the African continent. They’ve recently released their first album, Adagh, and what comes out… Read More ›

Interview of Tamikrest

Tamikrest represents the next generation of Tuareg rock, what is usually referred to as ishumar rock, the rock of the unemployed. Following the example of the legendary band Tinariwen, Tamikrest has been touring the world for the past months, the first time outside the African continent. I’ve met Aghaly Ag Mohamadine and Cheikh Ag Tigly,… Read More ›

Will the Sahara be the next Afghanistan?

The sun was rising in Timbuktu, amidst the great Sahara desert of northern Mali. Since its founding by nomadic Touaregs, the legendary city has been a place of multiculturalism, trade, and spiritual exchange, attracting people from the remotest lands. As the city was enjoying the celebration of its 1000th anniversary, it became the centre of… 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 ›