New Release: Tinariwen – Zawal

Today, Tinariwen have shared “Zawal”, a new song from their forthcoming ninth studio album Amadjar. Written by Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni, “Zawal” is about witnessing the first solar eclipse. Most people are terrified and believe it is the last judgement, but the narrator remains unconcerned and keeps riding his dromedary across the desert

Take a listen below…

Amadjar is a nomadic album, recorded in a natural setting. It is as close as you can get to the ‘soul’ of Tinariwen, a group of musicians that in every sense exist far-beyond their 17-year tenure and extensive discography. Lyrically and thematically, the album explores the continuing political, social, humanitarian and environmental problems faced in their home country of Mali and continues Tinariwen’s pursuit to highlight the plight and issues of their people through their music

Once recorded, a host of Western musicians added instrumentation including violin from Warren Ellis of the Bad Seeds, mandolin and charango courtesy of Micah Nelson, and guitars from Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O)))), Cass McCombs and Rodolphe Burger. Jack White’s engineer Joshua Vance Smith mixed the album

Amadjar means ‘the unknown visitor’ in Tamashek, the one who seeks hospitality and who’s condemned to an inner exile, within a territory or within himself; just like the members of Tinariwen, who feel at home on the journey, around the fire with a few immutable songs. The best Tinariwen album will never be. But Amadjar is more essential than all the others

Also, after their recent Citadel Festival performance, the band will return to the UK in November – the dates of which are as follows:

11.11.19 – Olympia – DUBLIN
12.11.19 – Trinity – BRISTOL
13.11.19 – Manchester Cathedral – MANCHESTER
14.11.19 – EaRTH – LONDON

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