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Mali rhythms to drown the traffic noise! We catch up with Kidal-based Tamikrest on a hot summer evening along a busy road close to the venue of their Vienna show. Though Tamikrest’s music takes root in Ishumar Rock or Touareg Blues, it includes various international influences and they tour all over Europe. Marvelously dressed-up in the brightest colours with the percussionist and the guitarist wearing a turban, the trio brings some new vibes to Vienna. Coming from the same background as Tinariwen Tamikrest’s lyrics follow much the same themes as theirs. Sitting on an unembellished bench on a pavement in the Austrian capital, Ousmane Ag Mossa sings about the Touareg struggle for self determination. Without understanding a word the Tamasheq poetry and the comforting rhythms evokes thoughts that let you drift to the end of the world and beyond and bring you back to your contemplative self. Later that night at Tamikrest’s concert though, people were less introspective, yet dancing and clapping in joy.

  • Posted: September 5, 2010
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Sarah Brugner
  • Post-Production: Michael Luger
  • Photography: Simon Brugner