Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Tinariwen play guitars


A few months ago, a reader mentioned Tinariwen, wondering why a Malian band was performing on an American TV evening show - the answer being of course "because they're good". And that is good news, it means that musical quality can sometimes be a criteria to be on a music TV show, and it even allows to grab a Grammy Award (whatever it is) once in a while. 

Anyway, I like what they do with guitars! You cannot ignore that the blues scale comes from Mali and was directly transposed from the kora to the guitar - koras were not accepted onboard slave ships it seems... But it comes from southern Mali, in the north people are tuaregs and play assouf - that means blues -, and some are successfully touring around the world for a decade with this music... 

Bertram

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