May 26, 2010 2:46 PM   Subscribe

Borne in the succession of rebellions, Tichumaren has redefined the image of the Tuareg. Popularized on the international stage in 2001 via the success of Tinariwen, the "desert blues" has changed the conception – from the exotic blue men of the desert to the Kashniklov/guitar strumming desert rebels.

Yet the rebellion has long since ended. The region of the Tamashek faces new issues – international drug trafficking, a local Al-Qaedi franchise, and the ever persistent threat of drought. While the old Tamashek rebellion ballads remain an integral part of "folk" culture, the Tichumaren music continues to evolve in new directions. While spurned by a foreign popularity that demands the rebel stereotype, the music has expanded in a plethora of musicians seeking to distinguish and define themselves.

Excerpt of Al-Jazeera's, Music of Resistance Part 1, Part 2

A blatantly honest Tinariwen biography from music journalist and former manager Andy Morgan.

Footage from the French documentary Teshumara.

Extensive directory of modern Tamashek music, including a weekly podcast.

Tamashek related news network Temoust (french).

Various artists:

Desert Rebel
Ibrahim Djo
Atri n'Assouf
Nabil Otmani

posted by iamck (14 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
Should Volkswagen recall all those Tuaregs for renaming?
posted by Cranberry at 2:49 PM on May 26, 2010

posted by jedicus at 2:53 PM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

This is a really great post. Thank you.
posted by Amanojaku at 3:04 PM on May 26, 2010

Hmmm. Another part of Islands in the Net expands into the real world.
posted by warbaby at 3:04 PM on May 26, 2010

(Also previously)

(Awesome post, thanks!)
posted by koeselitz at 3:05 PM on May 26, 2010

koeselitz -- thanks, I don't know how I missed that...
posted by iamck at 3:07 PM on May 26, 2010

That Bambino video blew my mind for weeks.
posted by Damienmce at 3:08 PM on May 26, 2010


fuckin' flapjax.
posted by gman at 4:38 PM on May 26, 2010

fuckin' flapjax

Nice alliteration action, gman! I LOVE you!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:20 PM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

I love Tinariwen and will be psyched to check out these other links, thanks!!
posted by Maias at 5:24 PM on May 26, 2010

posted by kozad at 7:49 PM on May 26, 2010

Fantastic post. I was familiar with Tinariwen and Toure (mentioned in the flapjax post) but the rest of the musicians were new to me. Thank you.
posted by BigSky at 10:44 PM on May 26, 2010

All of these are good, but Tourmast is fucking so great.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:39 PM on May 26, 2010

I saw Tinariwen at the Rudolstadt folk+world music festival a few years back, and again on their tour collaborating with Tuung. Absolutely fantastic live. Tuung, not so much.
posted by handee at 2:01 AM on May 27, 2010

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