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.
By Chris Nickson on 03.28.14 in Reviews
A few lucky bands experience moments of true revelation. Dirtmusic's came when the trio of Chris Eckman (the Walkabouts), Chris Brokaw (Come) and Hugo Race (ex-the Birthday Party) were invited to play at Festival in the...
By Chris Nickson on 05.10.13 in Reviews
If the late, great Ali Farka Touré has a spiritual heir, it's Samba Touré — who's no relation, despite the name. Samba was a protégé of the godfather of Mali's desert blues and the sinewy guitar textures and incisive lic...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...