Tinariwen have revealed details of their forthcoming ninth album, Amadjar, out on Wedge / PIAS on Friday 6th September. They’ve drafted in a whole host of guests for the record including Bad Seed Warren Ellis, Cass McCombs, Stephen O’Malley (Sun O))))) and on the track they’ve released, Micah Nelson – Son of the legendary Willie Nelson, and Neil Youngs guitarist.

The band set up two-week camp in the desert around Nouakchott, where they were joined by The Mauritanian griotte Noura Mint Seymali and her guitarist husband, Jeiche Ould Chigaly, and they recorded the songs under a large tent in a few live takes, without headphones or effects. From there the western instrumentalists added their parts to complete the process.

Surrounded with percussion (particularly handclaps and tambourine) and infected with guitars and mandolin, Taqkal Tarha takes the form of essentially a folk song, evoking the spirit from which is was written and recorded, with large amounts of call and response adding to the flavour. Evocative and atmospheric, it’s almost impossible not to be uplifted by it.

Check it out, here



Tinariwen arrive back in the U.K. and Europe later this year for a headline tour alongside a number of festival appearances over the summer. They also head to the U.S. in September and October for an extensive headline tour.  The full list of European and U.K. shows is as follows:

19.06.19 – Paradiso – AMSTERDAM
21.06.19 – ESSAOURIA, MOROCCO
26.06.19 – Plissken Festival – ATHENS
28.06.19 – Klub Studio – KRAKOW
29.06.19 – Progesja – WARSAW

01.07.19 – Dance Festival – MONS
02.07.19 – Tri-p Festival – MILAN
03.07.19 – Villa Ada – ROME
13.07.19 – Belgrave Music Hall – LEEDS
14.07.19 – Citadel Festival – LONDON
16.07.19 – Galway Festival – GALWAY

16.10.19 – Le Figuier Blanc – ARGENTEUIL
17.10.19 – Theatre De Cornouailles – QUIMPER
19.10.19 – La Barakason – NANTES
20.10.19 – La Sirene – LA ROCHELLE
22.10.19 – Big Band Café – HEROUILLE (CAEN)
23.10.19 – Casino De Paris – PARIS
25.10.19 –   Hall de Paris Place Recollets -MOISSAC
24.10.19 – La Radiant – LYON
26.10.19 – Trix – ANTWERP
27.10.19 – Het Depot – LOUVEN
28.10.19 – Amager Bio – COPENHAGEN
29.10.19 – Aarhus Train – AARHUS
30.10.19 – Zhaak – DUSSELDORF
31.10.19 – Festsaal Kreuzberg – BERLIN

02.11.19 – Cosmopolite – OSLO
03.11.19 – Goteborgs Symfoniker – GOTHENBURG
04.11.19 –  Slaktkyrkan – STOCKHOLM
10.11.19 – Les Docks – LAUSANNE
11.11.19 – Olympia – DUBLIN
12.11.19 – Trinity – BRISTOL
13.11.19 – Manchester Cathedral – MANCHESTER
14.11.19 – EaRTH – LONDON