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Tamikrest - Toumastin

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Tamikrest
Toumastin

Label Glitterbeat
Erstveröffentlichung 11.04.2011
Format CD
Lieferzeit 4 – 7 Werktage
Preis 9,75 € (inkl. 19% MwSt. zzgl. Versand)
Rezension

Der Zweitling der Touareg/Tamashek-Band aus Mali. Wiederum produziert und gemixt von Chris Eckman (der auch 2x eine Orgel bedient), wiederum in exakt derselben überragenden Qualität! Auch sonst hat sich nicht allzu viel geändert – ein bischen dann aber doch. Ihr Mix aus nord-, ein wenig west-afrikanischen Elementen, einer ordentlichen Portion (Desert) Rock funktioniert einfach perfekt – Tradition trifft Moderne. Zweimal fügen sich wieder Reggae-Elemente organisch ein, gelegentlich schleichen sich psychedelische Untertöne in die Gitarrensounds (vielleicht etwas weniger offensichtlich diesmal) – apropos Gitarren: Die, 2 oder 3 an der Zahl, dominieren (neben dem Gesang) wie gewohnt alles, verzahnen sich effektvoll, und klingen dabei insgesamt noch prächtiger, attraktiver als eh schon zuvor, incl. wundervoller gleitender Klänge, einmal auch massivem Wah-Wah-Einsatz, sowie diverser meist kurzer, feinster, so ökonomischer wie aparter Soli. Starker Bass, der fiel schon beim Debut auf. Orgel (neben Eckman gastiert Chris Cacavas), je 1x Posaune und Bratsche setzen willkommene Akzente, bleiben aber mit Ausnahme letzterer eher im Hintergrund, Backing Vocals respektive Chöre (neuerdings auch in Call/Response-Form) haben ein größeres Gewicht. Zur Percussion gesellen sich ab und zu dezent gehaltene Drums, die mit dazu beitragen, daß die Grooves alles in allem ausgeprägter, offensiver, noch mitreißender ausfallen als bislang. Der Unterschied, der mich gegenüber dem Vorgänger am meisten begeistert, betrifft die Stimmung einiger Songs: Ein unwiderstehliches leicht hypnotisches Trance-Feeling, z.B. im grandiosen Nak Amadjar Nidounia mit seinen herrlichen weichen ungewohnt schmiegsamen weiblichen Harmony-Stimmen und brillanten Gitarren; und eine vorher nicht so deutliche gewisse Melancholie, z.B. in der sanften zärtlichen wunderschönen Ballade Dihad Tedoun Itran (mit den einzig längeren und zugleich balladesk-rockbezogenen Gitarrensoli). Diese ruhigen, bewegenden, bzw- atmosphärischen oder einfach nur stark reduzierten/zurückgenommenen, transparenten Songs (es sind recht viele) gehören wieder zu den Highlights, das langsame fantastische Aidjan Adaky (superbe Slide!) ragt noch einmal heraus. Bleibt noch, das melodische Potential zu loben, 2 Tracks besitzen gar fast so etwas wie Pop-Appeal. Dabei dachte ich noch nach dem ersten Hören, hier eine vermeintliche Schwächung im Vergleich zum Debut festzustellen, besann mich aber bald eines Besseren – die Songs wachsen! Und wie! Ein Muß, in meinen Ohren! Mehrfach-Klappcover incl. 15-Seiten-Booklet mit den Texten im Original und auf französisch und englisch. (dvd)

Review

Music always is a borderline experience. Especially when not only stylistically boundaries are shifting, but the centers of musical creativity are moving.It certainly would be an exaggeration to state that cities like London and New York, Manchester and Los Angeles have played itself out, but certain symptoms of fatigue are visible in the steady process of looking for the next Beatles or Nirvana. So it is a breath of fresh air that a country like Mali is offering new musical possibilities. Mali-based pop stars like Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita, Habib Koité or Tinariwen, just like the Übervater of Desert Blues, Ali Farka Touré, have moved beyond the boundaries of hardcore ethno fans. Mali is a huge country that combines various languages and cultures, different races and traditions. If one hears music with open ears, one can’t go past Mali.But there are not only the big stars that have proved themselves in Europe and the United States – more and more new bands are making themselves known. One of the young and upcoming bands is Tamikrest, who are currently releasing their second album called “Toumastin”. Their debut album "Adagh" already generated quite a buzz and was met with wonder and euphoria throughout the world. Traditionalists and avant-gardes agreed that this bunch of young Northafricans is focusing the rebellious power of rock music in their own special way.
Tamikrest are from Kidal, a remote desert town in the northwest of the Sahara -2000 kilometers north of the capital Bamako. Tamikrest are Tuaregs, a group of people that is spread all over North Africa. In ancient times the Tuareg were the proud rulers of the Sahara, but their territory was divided in different countries and they had to fight long and hard for independence. Between 1990 and 1995 this fight evolved into a bloody civil war.
After the war a lot of those rebels have traded the Kalashnikovs and hand grenades for guitars and microphones. The band Tinariwen is the most prominent example for the unusual establishment of peace through the spirit of music. But their mission is carried further in their songs. The members of Tamikrest are substantially younger than Tinariwen´s and they have not actively fought in the war, but there is a close resemblance between both bands. Just like Tinariwen Tamikrest have found a way to translate the pulse of the Blues – whose roots lie in North Africa – back to the Tuareg language Tamaschek.
They take generators deep into the desert to have electricity for their guitars in search for the perfect synthesis of their traditional ritual drumming with the music of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley.
Tamikrest-Leader Ousmane Ag Mossa is quick to admit his influences: “When I was young I listened to a lot of traditional Tuareg music as well as Tinariwen. There was no other music. I started to learn the guitar around that time and only in 2.000 I had access to cassettes of Bob Marley and Dire Straits. That changed my musical vision completely and I stopped to classify music. Music is just music, no matter where it comes from. Music is just too big for me to comprehend in its entirety. My goal is to broaden my horizon step by step.”
Tamikrest are on a trip into the infinite world of music. When the band was founded in 2006 they had a hard time getting exposure in their homeland as it proved to be difficult for music with ancient traditions in a country that is flooded with bad HipHop and Electro-Pop. Things changed abruptly when they played the Festival Au Desert in 2008 and met with the american/australian band Dirtmusic and its members Chris Eckman (Walkabouts), Chris Brokaw (Come) and Hugo Race (Hugo Race & True Spirit). Ousmane talks about the fateful meeting: “We jammed in tents, open air in the desert sand and on stage. This has extended my musical knowledge tremendously and from that point on I played my guitar in a different way. Through Dirtmusic we had the chance to work in a professional studio for the first time. We travelled the long way from Kidal to Bamako; no way had we let that opportunity pass…”
With their second album "Toumastin" the young Tuareg rebels create their own universe using even brighter colors. The enchanted ancient mystique of the songs captures the ear immediately, but as the music carries on the band bridges the gap between the African Blues and hypnotic dub, psychedelic funk and a weird kind of desert garage. The guitars are more offensive, the groove deepens and the Tamaschek-chants are merging with the meandering guitar riffs like a caravan voyage through ancient times. Tamikrest are ready to embrace the future while proudly maintaining the rich tradition of their folk.

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