Touareg rebels deliver the bomb! Viva el desert blues!
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After the first listen you might be forgiven for wondering if we need another Tinariwen-like act, especially as Tinariwen do what they do so well. The sound on Ishumar is without a question in the same vein as that of the godfathers of desert blues (Toumast’s Moussa Ag Keyna is in fact a former member of Tinariwen). But dismissing this album as a mere carbon copy would be missing out on something quite amazing.
Call it desert blues or Touareg rock’n’roll, it’s the hypnotic, addictive groove which makes it so easily appealing to a mainstream audience unfamiliar with African music. After a few listens to Ishumar you’ll be hooked…
-- BBC Music Reviews
Ishumar is but a glimpse at the potential Tamashek guitar music has to mix freely with its counterparts while preserving its unique identity and singularly arresting qualities. In some ways, it's the album that could best serve as a gateway for fans of Western pop and rock into this music, given that it shares many of its dynamic sensibilities-- particularly contrasting sections-- with rock. More broadly, it's just a fantastic album that merits a spin by any half-way adventurous listener.
01- Ikalane walegh (These Countries That Are Not Mine)
02- Tallyatt idaght (That Girl)
03- Innulamane (The Falcon)
04- Ammilana (O My God, O My Soul)
05- Ezeref (The Camel)
06- Dounia (Life)
07- Maraou oran (For Twelve Moons)
08- Kik ayittma (Hey! My Brothers!)
09- Amidinine (Oh My Friend, Oh My Friend)