Tamikrest - Adagh (4 stars)

Tamikrest - Adagh


Tinariwen first brought us the Tamashek music of the Toureg people of the Saharan desert. They blew everyone away, even the Rolling Stones, who a year or so later invited them to open their gig. Tamikrest are the next generation, and their twentysomething take on loping desert blues played on rock guitars is beautifully paced, full of clapped groove with soaring, often chanted vocals and plenty of ululation. This is music dreamed up during nights under the stars in Mali, Niger and Algeria: as bittersweet as hot Touareg tea shared round the campfire.