HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Tinariwen’s ‘Emaar’ is rich, modern blues with chanting soul 

Album review: Tinariwen’s ‘Emaar’

click to enlarge 1632921.jpg

Tinariwen
Emmaar
Anti Records

★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

The blues seems inextricably tied to the American South. But hearing them rise from the physically and culturally formidable Saharan sands feels extraordinarily natural with its own hypnotic, penetrating terroir. At least it does coming from the hands of the most hot-buzzing desert blues band going. Following up on the slingshot of their 2012 Grammy-winning smash (Tassili), the celebrated Tuareg group issues an even more forceful collection that propels their chanting soul with more rock vigor and presents their alluring rhythms with more dusty stomp. Standouts include the blues curls of “Toumast Tincha,” the ritualistic slow burn of “Imidiwan Ahi Sigdim,” the trance drone of “Tahalamot,” the astral dream of “Emajer” and, especially, the hexing gallop of “Chaghaybou.” With Emmaar, Tinariwen takes a native voice that feels millennia old but renders it with deep, judicious atmosphere and rich modern resonance.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 14, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation