Tinariwen (RISING)



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Fri 7 Jun 2024 8:00pm
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In 1963 Tinariwen’s founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib saw his father, a Turang rebel, executed by the Azawad government. Growing up between deserts and refugee camps of Algeria, Ibrahim was regarded as a wanderer. One day—inspired by a western at a makeshift cinema—he built his own guitar out of an oil can, a stick and bicycle brake wire. Ibrahim learned to play by practicing old Tuareg melodies, Arabic pop and Azawad blues. By the late ‘70s he was performing alongside friends at the weddings and parties of the exiled Tarang community—songs of homesickness, longing, love and resistance. This was the beginning of Tinariwen (or ‘The Desert Boys’). 

Over the decades Tinariwen honed their own desert sound. Hypnotic, languid jams that build to feverish grooves and blistering blues. They’ve toured with the Rolling Stones and recorded with the likes of Nels Cline, TV on the Radio and Kurt Vile. From campfires to stadiums, they unite and mesmerise.   

Tinariwen will be supported by the Melbourne/Naarm-based Chikchika. Accompanied by traditional Ethiopian stringed instruments, the krar and the masinko, the group sing songs of love, distance, separation and culture inspired by their East African heritage.

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