African Band Tinariwen for Full North American Tour Next Spring


Band hits the road, including SXSW shows, in support of new album Emmaar out February 11.

By Blurt Staff

 North African band Tinariwen will tour North America following the release of new album for Anti-, Emmaar,  which arrives in stores this February 11th. (Included in the dates is the band’s first ever appearance at the SXSW Festival.) We here at BLURT would like to note that we are inundated with tour dates emails and announcements each day, but this is one band we feel like you NEED to see perform live. We’ve heard the new album, in fact (2011’s Tassili was pretty amazing as well, and we published a feature on the band around the time of its release), so there is no debate around our quarters as to Tinariwen’s sonic prowess. Check the itinerary below, and meanwhile, watch this hour-long film on the band:

Some backstory, courtesy the label: “Due to political instability in their homeland, Tinariwen recorded Emmaar in another desert: Joshua Tree, California. Created over three weeks in the region known for spaced-out rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelic cowboy folk, the new album showcases an organic feel from the rolling hand drums and meandering guitars of album opener “Toumast Tincha” chants to the galloping beats of the forward-marching “Chaghaybou.” ‘We were not in a proper studio or outside in the desert like Tassili,” Ag Leche says, “we built a studio in a big house in Joshua Tree. Everybody in the same room, with no separation. We wanted something which sounded natural and live.’

“Along with the original members who founded the group in the 1980s (vocalists and guitarists Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni, and Alhassane Ag Touhami) and the younger generation who grew up listening to the band and joined in the 1990s (multi-instrumentalist Eyadou Ag Leche, guitarist Elaga Ag Hamid, and percussionist Said Ag Ayad), a group of American musicians appear on the album. Accompanied by Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, Matt Sweeney from Chavez, Nashville fiddler Fats Kaplin, and poet Saul Williams, Emmaar (mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather) is a richly layered listen solidified by atmospheric textures and gritty guitar-work.”

Tinariwen Tour Dates
March 13, 2014           Austin, TX                   SXSW
March 18, 2014           Nashville, TN             The Hight Watt
March 19, 2014           Athens, GA                 Georgia Theatre
March 20, 2014           Carrboro, NC              Cat’s Cradle
March 21, 2014           Philadelphia, PA          Prince Music Theater
March 22, 2014           Washington, DC          Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
March 23, 2014           Brooklyn, NY              Brooklyn Bowl
March 24, 2014           Brooklyn, NY              Brooklyn Bowl
March 25,2014            Boston, MA                 Paradise Rock Club
March 26, 2014           Ridgefield, CT           The Ridgefield Playhouse
March 27, 2014           Northampton, MA       Iron Horse Music Hall
March 28, 2014           Portland, ME               Port City Music Hall
April 1, 2014                Pittsburgh, PA            Warhol’s Entrance Space
April 2, 2014                Kent, OH                     The Kent Stage
April 4, 2014                Nelsonville, OH           Stuart’s Opera House
April 5, 2014                Chicago, IL                  City Winery
April 6, 2014                 Minneapolis, MN       Cedar Cultural Center
April 8, 2014                 Madison, WI                Majestic Theatre
April 9, 2014                St. Louis, MO              Old Rock House
April 11, 2014              Denver, CO                Bluebird Theatre
April 12, 2014              Salt Lake City, UT      The State Room
April 14, 2014              Seattle, WA                 Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
April 15, 2014              Portland, OR               Aladdin Theater
April 17, 2014              Los Angeles, CA         The Belasco Theater
April 18, 2014              Grass Valley, CA        The Center For The Arts
April 19. 2014              San Francisco, CA     The Nourse Theater
April 21, 2014              Phoenix, AZ                MIM Music Theater
April 22, 2014              El Prado, NM              Taos Mesa Brewing
April 24, 2014              New Orleans, LA        House of Blues
April 25, 2014              Lafayette, LA              Festival International de Louisiane
April 26, 2014              Lafayette, LA              Festival International de Louisiane

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