Location/Time: MFA this Sunday evening at 7:30
Who: the Tuareg musicians 'Tinariwen' from the northern most region of Kidal in Mali. Tinariwen formed during that same period by young men (young then) in exile fleeing drought/devasted herds and seeking employment. Serving in the Libyan army was the job they found and where they, like many soldiers around the world, discovered solace and political expression in music. Their music blends traditional Tuareg music with electric and rock influences - the lyrics address past and present conditions of Tuareg life. In their early years their focus was to shout out against the oppresive regime of Moussa Traore (a classic mean military dictator) whose reign came to an end in 1991 - due in large part to a Tuareg rebellion launched by these and other returning young men who were trained (rather well and better than their Malian army counterparts) through fighting other African and mideastern wars. Though a democratic republic has thrived/survived since the overthrow nearly 17 years ago (very good news), the northern regions are still under-served and expereince tension around inequity. Dreams of greater regional autonomy and more are still alive and reflected in their music.
Go to the Tinariwen website for more - it has great historic materials and you can listen as well.
Sunday November 25 at 7:30pm *
at the MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Boston MA
Tinariwen, are Tuareg nomads -turned-rock-performers and are said to be the first band of their kind to use electric guitars. Formed in 1982,
their music is typically sung in French and Tamashek languages and is mostly about independence for their people from the government of Mali. Tinariwen's edgy, bluesy sound has earned them fans like Robert Plant and Carlos Santana, whose music inspired Tinariwen's members when they first picked up guitars.
Members, seniors, students $24; nonmembers, general admission $30.