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Tarkat Tajje / Let's Go!

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Aitimani
7:07  
02
Diam Walla
4:31  
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Aitma
10:00  
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Ndiiren
6:09  
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Gourma
6:36  
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Daandé
3:20  
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Duuniyaaru Dillii
6:58  
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Imuzaran
4:40  
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Ummee Ndaaren
6:56  
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Kalamoujar
7:01  
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 63:18

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Richard Gehr has been writing about music, culture, and travel for quite a while. He has been an editor for the Los Angeles Reader, Spin, and Sonicnet/MTV Inter...more »

03.15.10
A healing halo of heavenly music inspired by harsh conditions
Label: Riverboat Records / The Orchard

After introducing themselves on 2006's appropriately titled Introducing, then painting an aural portrait of their culture on 2008's Desert Crossroads, this desert-blues septet, representing Niger's nomadic Tuareg and Wodaabe tribes, settles in for a long night of music making on Tarka Tajje/Let's Go! With seven of its 10 tracks clocking in at more than six minutes, Tarka Tajje sandboards atop a trancelike wave built on hand drums, calabash, shaken metal rings, handclaps, call-and-response vocals and… read more »

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The third album from Etran Finatawa, the band comprised of a mix of the Wodaabe and Touareg people, captures the development of an already well-formed sound. It’s based in the desert blues style, not a million miles from Tinariwen and other similar performers, but the group adds its own touch. It’s more rooted, more hypnotic — witness a track like “Daandé,” where the groove simply mesmerizes. Recorded in the middle of a European tour in 2009, the foremost elements are percussion and polyphonic singing. These buoy everything up, with the guitar, also a powerful element, much in the background. The lyrics are unabashedly political (although not in English), with “Diam Walla” reflecting on the problem of water for the desert people, and “Aitma” an appeal to the people of the world to find common ground rather than fighting each other. The differences between this and their previous releases are subtle, but Etran Finatawa are progressing, defining a particular sound that makes them stand out. It’s an album that needs, and deserves, a lot of plays to impart its secrets, but the time spent on that is an investment, not wasted. – Chris Nickson

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