Want to hear something new? Try this Algerian desert blues from Imarhan…

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Want to see some great guitar playing? Then watch the new video from Imarhan. Tumast is the latest track to be taken from their recently released, much-acclaimed second album, Temet, released earlier this year. 

The young 5-piece band from Tamanrasset in Southern Algeria have been described as the ‘new–wave of Tuareg music’. They released their debut album in 2016 to much acclaim, gaining radio play on BBC 6Music and touring Europe, the U.S. and China. They’ve supported Tinariwen, Songhoy Blues and Mdou Moctar and played at the likes of End of the Road, WOMAD and Port Eliot festivals.

With devastatingly fast lead guitar lines and a bubbling bass part, Tumast is a must-hear for anyone interested in African music today and not just the influence it had the blues we know and love. 

According to the PR, “Temet in Tamashek means ‘connections’ and the album’s an energetic wake up call for unity, reminding people that we are all are connected and that only through the acceptance and uptake of this union will we be able to solve the troubles all cultures seem to be dealing with in this important moment in time.”

The video is taken from Children Of Tam, a 1-hour documentary about the band directed by acclaimed independent film-maker Vincent Moon which was premiered in February at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. 

 


The full list of shows is as follows:
 


26/05/18 – Belfast – Titanic Slipways (BBC ‘The Biggest Weekend’)


14/07/18 – Nijmegen (NL) – Valkhof


15/07/18 – Venissieux (FR) – Festival Fetes Escales au Parc Louis Dupic


20/07/18 – Cajarc (FR) – Africajarc


28/07/18 – Vence (FR) – Festival Les Nuits du Sud


01/08/18 – Dresden (D) – Beatpol


02/08/18 – Helsinki (FIN) – Tavastia


04/08/18 – Berlin (D) – By The Lake


05/08/18 – Karlsruhe (D) – Zeltvial


11/08/18 – Bruson (CH) – PALP Festival


12/08/18 – Vinelz (CH) – Openair Am Bielersee


14/08/18 – Winterthur – Winterthur Musikfestwochen


17/08/18 – Paredes de Coura – Paredes de Coura Festival (PO)


20/08/18 – Antwerp (B) – OLT


21/08/18 – Amsterdam (NL) - Paradiso


24/08/18 – Aarhus (DK) – Atlas


25/08/18 – Albertslund – Badesoen Festival


28/08/18 – Brighton – The Haunt


30/08/18 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach


31/08/18 – Deal – Smugglers Festival


01/09/18 – Birmingham – Moseley Folk Festival


02/09/18 – Larmer Tree Gardens – End Of The Road Festival


04/09/18 – London – Village Underground

05/09/18 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club


06/09/18 – Glasgow – Broadcast


07/09/18 – Liverpool – District


08/09/18 – Manchester – Hole In The Wall


10/09/18 – Bristol - Thekla


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