Apologies for the recent lack of activity; up to my 'nads in stuff... o, you know how it is....
However, to break from the monotony of obligation, I felt compelled to share and put this back out there, as I've been listening to little else of late.
'Back out there' as this beautiful recording was originally offered as a free download by The Guardian newspaper;
Despite its freebie origins this has readily become my favourite recording from Tinariwen's tasty canon.
I've been waiting for a decent live recording since Amassakoul; this has made the wait very worthwhile.
Gorgeously recorded, the band perform almost unplugged: the guitars are acoustic but the bass remains plugged in, adding a Jah Wobbley kind of dub tinge to the mesmerisingly rhythmic camel gait driven blues Tinariwen typify.
So if you missed it, or knew bugger all about it, grab this.
Tinariwen - Live at Bouffes Du Nord, Paris (2011)
Asuf D Alwa
Imidiwan Ma Tenam
Tamiditin Tan Ufrawan
Excellent recording @320kbs.
Mali masters here