Event Date and time: Friday 28th April, 2017 | 19:00 – 22:00
Venue Details: O2 Academy Oxford | 190 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1UE
Event website: Tinariwen
Event Cost: £27
Grammy Award-winning Tinariwen will be returning to O2 Academy Oxford in spring. The Malian guitar heroes, influenced by American blues and the likes of Jimi Hendrix, were discovered in the 90’s. They travelled the world with their songs – charged with poetry and aching beauty.
Tinariwen are an iconic desert-blues band originally from northern Mali. Rooted in traditional Tuareg music but influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, their music addresses political awakening, problems of exile, repression of their people, and demands of sovereignty. Their music has become a rallying point for the disenfranchised nation, while helping to garner global interest in desert blues, a hypnotic, danceable and intense combination of blues, traditional Tuareg music, rock and more. Outlawed in Algeria and Mali, their first two albums, spread to international audiences, and they paved the way for the current wave of Tuareg desert-blues artists making names on the international circuit, like Bombino and Tamikrest, whom appeared on the Roy Thomson Hall patio in 2015.
The band’s eighth album, Elwan was recorded in two distinct bursts: In 2014, the band set up shop in Rancho de la Luna studios in Joshua Tree, California along with guest musicians Matt Sweeny (Johnny Cash, Bonnie Prince Billy and Cat Power), Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) and Alan Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age), and engineer Andrew Schepps (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Johnny Cash, Jay Z). Two years later, the band set up their tents on a Moroccan oasis near the Algerian border with young local musicians and a group of Berber Gnawa (spiritual trance) musicians.