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For 15 years the Tuareg culture and music has been fascinating the world.
Their quasi-sacred poetic songs inspire western songwriters like José
Gonzales or Kurt Vile, while the virtuosity of their guitar playing fascinates
guitar heroes like Jimmy Page, and finally the spirituality and meditative
hypnotism impresses electronic music producers like Four Tet.

In two albums, Imarhan have become an emblem of the new Tuareg
generation, breathing a new wind into the Assouf, the desert blues. When
most of current Tuareg productions are exiled to the United States, the quintet
led by Sadam is part of their culture, their city, the capital of the Tuareg people
and open doors to the desert. By building their own studio in Tamanrasset in
the middle of the Hoggar, Aboogi, Imarhan becomes the spokesmen of the
young Tuareg lost generation forgotten by the governments of the area.

With this third album Aboogi, Imarhan manipulates the rites and ancestrality
of the Tuaregs. By inviting the legendary Japonais (too soon deceased) and
the musician and storyteller Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni of Tinariwen, Imarhan
wants to unite. When they record with the Welsh Gruff Rhys of Super Furry
Animals, their brilliant and universal songwriting takes all its sense. By inviting
the Sudanese singer Sulafa Elyas, we understand that Imarhan is open to all
Africa, defenders of the Tuaregs but above all spokespersons of the new
African generation.

We speak about the link to nature, oppression, lost youth but also and
especially about hope and struggle on sandy guitar riffs, bewitching choirs
and poetic lyrics.



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