Tinariwen associates Imarhan on tour, streaming new LP
Algerian Tuareg band Imarhan have been described as Tinariwen‘s proteges, and their frontman Sadam has toured as a member of Tinariwen. They were supposed to play Austin’s Levitation fest this past weekend, but that was cancelled and instead they played one of the festival’s last-minute makeup shows on Friday (5/29).
Their tour continues, hitting NYC for two shows this weekend: Saturday (5/7) at Le Poisson Rouge with The Britanys and Invisible Familiars and then Sunday (5/8) at Baby’s All Right with Ancient Ocean. Tickets for both shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Their tour is in support of their debut self-titled album, which came out on the same day as their Austin show. Here’s some of what Drowned In Sound had to say about it:
Tuareg legends Tinariwen – who are Imarhan’s musical elders – look great on a Glastonbury stage in their robes with a Greenpeace sign beneath their feet. In contrast, Imarhan are a band who prefer leather jackets and jeans. Visually they’re much more a representation of what the Tuareg city of Tamanrasset – which is their southern Algerian hometown – is actually like now. It’s a bustling city with internet, a tight-knit music scene and the rest of it. They’re not obscuring how penetrative modernity is, they’re embodying how traditional music and culture has changed as a consequence of it.
Stream the album, along with the video for the LP’s title track, below (via FACT).
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Imarhan – 2016 Tour Dates
May 04 The Frequency Madison, WI
May 05 MOTR Pub Cincinnati, OH
May 06 Musica presented by Earthquaker Devices Akron, OH
May 07 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
May 08 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn, NY
May 12 Le Cargo Caen, France
May 13 La Coopérative de Mai Clermont Ferrand, France
May 14 L’Aeronef Lille, France
May 15 Festival Art Rock Saint Brieuc, France
May 17 Le Héron Carré Angers, France
May 18 Point Ephémère Paris, France
May 19 les nuits botaniques Bruxelles, Belgium
May 20 Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 21 Vera Groningen, Netherlands
May 23 Vega København V, Denmark
May 24 Turnzimmer Hamburg, Germany
May 25 fabrik Potsdam, Germany
May 27 Palace St. Gallen, Switzerland
May 28 Milla Club Munich, Germany
May 29 Groove Station Dresden, Germany
May 30 Zakk Düsseldorf, Germany
May 31 Het Bos Antwerp, Belgium
Jun 02 Les Trinitaires Metz, France
Aug 06 Fulham Palace London, United Kingdom