Album of the Day – 02.11.14: Emmaar

Emmaar is Tinariwen’s sixth studio album, out today on ANTI-Records. Tinariwen is a collective of Tuareg singers, songwriters and musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, who come together in various combinations to play concerts and record each album. The group has been together since 1979, their songs are heavily influenced by their Tuareg roots. The group was founded in the 1980′s in Tuareg camp in Libya, but it wasn’t until the late 1990′s that the group was discovered by Western musicians. They began touring the world, telling their story of hardship and sharing the beauty of the Saharan Assouf along the way.

Due to political instability in their country, the band recorded away from their homeland for the first time, setting up shop in another desert: Joshua Tree, California. “This is the first time we are recording out of Africa it has to be in a desert,” says bassist Eyadou Ag Leche. “We would like to live in peace in the North of Mali, but this is very difficult, there is no administration, no banks, no food, no gas. Joshua Tree is in the high desert of California, we love all the desert, these are places where we feel good to live and to create.” – ANTI-RECORDS 

The first single off the album, “Toumast Tincha” (The People Have Been Sold Out), tells a story of the people’s ideals and their peace being forced upon them, causing hatred within themselves. This is a very familiar theme throughout Tinariwen’s music.

Hear “Toumast Tincha” below, and pick up Emmar today!

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