Tinariwen – Aman Iman

Whoa.  Stop right there.  What the fuck is this?  I’ll tell you what it is – it’s a beast.  The most finely concieved, played and produced African album I have ever heard.

It is an absolutely stunning mashup of tribal rythm from Mali an extended family of Saharan nomads who are quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard in your life.

Count yoursef blessed that you have stumbled upon this post because the track I have for you, the first from their third album, is an absolute stonewall classic.  This stuff takes your breath away and played back to back with The Very Best of Ethiopiques it shows the quality of music coming out of Northern Africa is nothing short of sublime

Please do yourself a favour.  Buy this record.  And Pick up The Very Best of Ethiopiques while you’re at it.


10 thoughts on “Tinariwen – Aman Iman

  1. I love your book reviews. I run out and buy nearly every recommendation. But I can honestly say I have never ever heard any music you have reviewed that is remotely accessible to my obviously untrained ear.
    It’s either just me or you listen to really shit music.
    I think I can guess the answer.
    And the reply.


  2. Yep, it’s a brilliant album. But it’s not “quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard in your life”. It’s got the desert blues feel of Ali Farka Toure, and it has a little of the same Bedouin accent that you find in Hassan Hakmoun, both of which should be checked out if you don’t already know them. Re the other comments here – Tinariwen is extremely accessible, Scozzie. You can’t not tap your foot on first listen.


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