Here’s another rave review for Tinariwen, who are playing at the Carrboro ArtsCenter in October. Get your tickets now!
Tinariwen have released 4 studio albums, which are all good. But what the albums made me feel, on top of “This music sounds awesome,” was “I have to see them live.”
I did. And so should anyone who likes music, I think.
When we Westerners hear recordings of Western artists, our connection with them that comes from having a vague idea of what they might be like. And this vague idea doesn’t just come from seeing pictures or videos of them- it comes from sharing a general cultural background.
When we see, for example, the Rolling Stones, we’re amazed and surprised, but, in a way, we knew what to expect. The recording draws dots and the live show connects them.
Tinariwen didn’t connect the dots, though. They drew new shapes entirely.