JPR Live Session: Tinariwen - Friday, December 13th at Noon

On Friday, December 13th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a very special JPR Live Session with the band Tinariwen on Open Air.

Tinariwen, or ⵜⵉⵏⴰⵔⵉⵡⵉⵏ in their traditional Tamasheq language, is a group of Tuareg musicians from the Saharan Desert region of northern Mali. The band was formed in 1979 in Algeria, but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. The group first started to gain a following outside the Sahara region in the early 2000s  with the release of The Radio Tisdas Sessions, and with performances at Festival au Désert in Mali and the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Their popularity rose internationally with the release of the critically acclaimed Aman Iman in 2007. NPR calls the group "music's true rebels."

The story of Amadjar – the new album from the now Grammy award-winning band - begins at the end of October 2018 at the Taragalte Festival of nomadic cultures in the Moroccan Sahara. Following their appearance at the festival, Tinariwen hit the road and headed for Mauritania to hook up with the singer Noura Mint Seymali and set up and record their new album there. Accompanied by their French production team, who arrived in an old camper van that has been converted into a makeshift studio, Tinariwen’s journey to the capital of Mauritania took a dozen days or so. Every evening, the caravan stopped to set up camp and the members of Tinariwen got to work under the stars to prepare for the recording, talking things through, letting their guitar motifs, thoughts and long buried songs come. Then, during a final two-week camp in the desert around Nouakchott, the band recorded their songs under large tent in a few live takes, without headphones or effects.

Tune in Friday, December 13th at Noon for a JPR Live Session with Tinariwen on JPR's Rhythm & News Service. To listen online, click the "Listen Live" link at and select "Rhythm & News."


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