MPFree: Tamikrest – Djanegh Etoumast
Ashley Team Laverne
Today’s MPFree goes global with a stunner from African musicians Tamikrest, discovered in the same Glitterbeat Records vaults which gave us Wednesday’s ‘Robot Dub’ track (Be Ki Don by Schneider TM).
Recent winners of the ‘Best Group’ award at the Songlines Music Awards, Tamikrest are formed of artists from Mali, Niger and Algeria who aim to open up ‘new paths between desert blues and Western rock.’
As a band originating from the Sahara comparisons to fellow Saharan musicians Tinariwen are inevitable, but Tamikrest carve their own niche with funky bass riffs and bluesy rhythms.
This track ‘Djanegh Etoumast’ comes from their latest album Chatma, which was released in September. Never ones to shy away from political and social commentary, Chatma, which means ‘Sisters’ in Tamashek, is about the suffering and strength of the Tuareg women during war.
Their frontman Ousmane Ag Mossa recently performed alongside Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye at Burg Herzberg Festival, and the band will begin a UK tour later this month if you want to catch them live.