TINARIWEN ; World Music ++ the Electric Theatre GUILDFORD
Cumming, Tim, The Independent (London, England)
Tinariwen's third album, Aman Iman, is their heaviest and their best-selling release so far, and this was the first night of a headline UK tour. On stage and on record the Malian band ride out on rebel-rousing electric guitars, weaving hypnotic lines of arresting simplicity and crackling power.
The show begins with dry ice and an unaccompanied female vocal - a perfect illustration of the synthesis of Tinariwen's native culture with showbiz. Ibrahim, the group's most distinctive character, opens with a haunting solo number on an amplified acoustic guitar. And then the full group come on in full Tuareg costume - native costume, yes, but showbiz, too. Ibrahim is in the centre, one of four guitarists, a percussionist at the front and the three chorus singers and hand percussionists to one side.
They launch into one of many songs from the new album spread over a rich and exhilarating 20-song set. "Aldhechen Manin" is driven by an incessant droning bass and an exciting pulse, all the lines in the music turning inward. There are echoes of Sixties …
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