Tinariwen are no longer a secret tip. Not even Tamikrest. Both Tuareg bands from Mali have made a name for themselves through their releases and regular tours in Western Europe. Also by well-known rock greats as advocates. That's globalization. But the success is also justified, because like on the previous albums the twelve tracks on "Tassili", Tinariwens fourth studio album, also fascinate. One can accuse the men around founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib of always sounding the same. That's correct. Their songs consist of strange guitar rhythms with a strange sound and a voice that recites African melodies so brittle that one feels the desert dust in one's ears. Tinariwen do not rely on typical dominant percussion. They use very few very dull drums and handclaps. This distinguishes them from the rockier ceramic rest. Western influences? Yes, please. But only discreetly. Perhaps "Tassili" is somewhat calmer and less biting than its predecessors, but certainly no less beguiling.
Top track: Imidiwan Win Sahara