Global culture

Mon Jan 7

After an EPIC show here this past year, Toureg god master, Mdou Moctor, returns to set the room ablaze.

Mdou Moctor stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.

Sat Mar 16

Taking their name from a traditional song, Les Poules à Colin were raised behind the scenes at folk festivals, learning their craft at kitchen parties amongst some of Quebec’s finest trad musicians – which included their parents – in a region famous for its living heritage.

Tue Mar 19

Home.  Where  the  heart  is.  For  Bombino  and  most  other  Tuareg,  there’s  only  one  place  that  can  be.  In  recent  years,  the  rest  of  the  world  has  largely  written  off  that  home  as  a  hot  and  savage  wasteland,  a  bolt  hole  for  religious  extremists  and  terrorists,  a  geopolitical  video  nasty  with  little  to  offer  apart  from  the  oil,  gold  and  phosphates  that  lie  beneath  its  soil.  But  Bombino  would  like  us  to  take  a  closer  look  and  think  again.  His  feelingsare  beautifully  summed  up  in  the  song  “Tehigren”(‘Trees’),  from  his  brand  new  album  ‘Deran’:  ‘Do  not  forget  the  green  trees  /  In  our  valleys  in  the  Sahara  /  In  the  shade  of  which,  /  Rest  the  beautiful  girls  /  Radiant  and  lovable’.  

How  to  celebrate  that desert  home,  how  to  protect  it,  develop  it,  unify  it,  respect  it  and,  above  all,  never  forget  it,  are  the  salient  themes  of  ‘Deran.’They’re  dressed  up  in  ten  songs  of  rare  maturity  and  power  that  mark  a  turning  point  in  the  career  of  a  guitarist and  songwriter  who was  bornin  the  shade  of  an  acacia  tree  about  eighty  miles  north  west  of  the  ancient  town  of  Agadez,  and  has  since  risen  to  forefront  of  the  new  Tuaregguitar  generation.  It’s  a  turning  back  the  source  of  everything  that  makes  Bombino  who  he  is.

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