SONGLINES 'BEST ALBUM 2012'
'Songs For Desert Refugees' is a benefit album whose aim is to raise funds for refugees in and around the rural communities of Aguel'hoc and Tessalit in north east Mali. Both villages have seen the fiercest fighting in this conflict and their nomadic populations are in severe distress. Many families have lost everything.
'Songs For Desert Refugees' features a superb mix of desert music, including rare or unreleased tracks by some of the world best known Touareg groups, from Mali (Tinariwen, Tamikrest, Terakaft, Tartit...), Niger (Bombino, Toumast, Etran Finatawa) or Algeria (Nabil Baly Othmani, Faris).
The music on this compilation is the sound of what the Malian deserts can be; intense, joyful, beautiful, proud, poetic and peaceful. It is dedicated to all those who are working to make it so again.
"A superb sampler of the finest sounds from the Touareg cultural renaissance? 4**** SONGLINES
"Great music for a good cause" 4**** EVENING STANDARD
"A rosuing new compilation of desert blues with unreleased or rare tracks"
""The music is uniformly excellent. An experimental Tinariwen offcut is the pick, yet contributions from Tartit, Bombino and Terakaft are both thrilling and the riposte to those who think the desert blues all sound the same" **** MOJO
All proceeds from the sale of this CD will go to two trusted NGOs who work with refugees in Northern Mali. The first is called TAMOUDR? and it works with nomads in the pastures around Tessalit, scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the recent months. TAMOUDR? helps these nomads to make their livelihoods more prosperous and secure, socially, economically and culturally.
The other NGO is called ETAR. It supports education projects and helps to protect and disseminate the beauty of Tamashek culture and to develop cultural exchanges between the desert and Europe. It is currently raising funds to build a cultural centre in Aguel'hoc, another community that has suffered a great deal in this war.
The money raised will be used for food, blankets and medicines. All involved in producing the album are giving their services for free.
Tinariwen - Amous Idraout Assouf d'Alwa,
Tamikrest - Warktifed,
Ibrahim Djo Experience - Blues Du Desert,
Faris & Terakaft - Derhan Alkher,
Nabil Baly Othmani - Teswa Tenere (desert version),
Amanar - Tenere,
Tadalat - Taghdart,
Etran Finatawa - Gourma,
Terakaft - Nak Essanagh,
Toumast - Aitma,
Bombino - Tigrawahi Tikma,
Tartit - Tihou Beyatene,