Tamikrest, Chatma

Amber Cowan

By Amber Cowan

on 10.26.13 in Reviews

Currently living in exile in Algeria, Saharan rockers Tamikrest are the latest desert blues band to be fired equally by the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and traditional African music. Frontwoman Wonou Walet Sidati was a singer with Tinariwen, but this debut is a groovy, psychedelic trip into a sun-scorched world of its own, inspired by the current plight of Tuareg women, its psychic heaviness echoed by Led Zeppelin-style riffs and powerful bass.