1. Tal National - The Belmore, Minneapolis - 6 October 2013

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    http://www.facebook.com/TalNational TOUR DATES: Oct 11 -- San Francisco, CA -- Rickshaw Stop Oct 12 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Bootleg Bar Oct 13 - Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree CA Oct 15 - Sahara Lounge, Austin TX Oct 17 - Martyrs @ the Chicago World Music Festival, Chicago IL Oct 18 - The Loving Touch, Ferndale MI Oct 19 - Artisphere, Arlington VA Oct 20 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY ABOUT: Tal National is a band from Niamey, the capital city of Niger, West Africa's largest nation (and one of the world's poorest). Although they are hugely popular in their homeland where their music is heavily featured on Niger national TV, they can still be found selling their CDs on roundabouts in Niamey, since the country has no distribution system. Each year they do national tours, travelling 18,000 kilometres throughout Niger, performing shows in over forty cities. In their joyously hypnotic, highly unique contribution to West African guitar music can be heard the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads along ancient trade routes. Collected within the borders of the former French colony can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in the musicians of Tal National. These different ethnic groups tie Niger closely to the peoples of its more powerful neighbours Nigeria, Mali, Algeria, and Libya. In the band's 'tradi-modern' music the listener can hear strong reverberations of the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa's Fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg's assouf or "desert blues", and the exquisite "griot guitar" of Mali's Songhai. These African roots sounds are all delivered with virtuoso precision and a driving, energetic immediacy that typifies the sound of nightlife in a modern African city. On stage Tal National perform with six musicians, but due to their rigorous performance schedule (they play five nights a week for five hours at a time, without breaks) there might be up to thirteen members of the band at any one time. At shows, musicians regularly change places midway through songs (including the amazing sight of drummers swapping without missing a beat). On some nights the band might split up to play two gigs simultaneously. Their material is a combination of original compositions and new arrangements of West African folk songs. The themes dealt with in the songs largely involve love, tolerance, peace, feminine beauty, and the woman's physical dance expression based on traditional African rhythms. (From http://www.fat-cat.co.uk/site/artists...)

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    • Festival in the Desert, Mali, Timbuktu - Vieux Farka Touré, Khaira Arby, Bassekou Kouyate, Sama Touré

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      Amazing footage from the Festival in The Desert outside Timbuktu, Mali featuring Vieux Farka Touré and Tinariwen, Bassekou Kouyate, Khaira Arby, and many more great artists and this amazing culture. Learn more at www.thefestivalinthedesert.com. The Festival in the Desert or 'Festival Au Desert' is currently in exile due to the unrest in Mali. Many of the Malian artists that have performed at the festival will be a part of a global experience which is the festival in exile so keep an eye out for Mali bands coming throughout the globe. The Festival Au Desert, which started in 2001, takes place in the North of Mali, a few kilometers outside Timbuktu. It originally started in Essakane, in the very north of Mali deep in the Sahara desert, however due to the difficulty of this journey, and the safety of the region the organizers moved it to a more accessible site in 2010. This festival follow in the tradition of larger, traditional Tuareg Festivals like Takoubelt in Kidal and Temakannit in Timbuktu. These festival were strictly Tuareg and represented the time for nomadic Tuareg to get together and make decisions and exchange information among the many communities. These gathering were always festive in origin and were celebrated with song, dance, poetry and more.

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      • Festival in the Desert - 2012 - with Bono of U2, Tinariwen, Bassekou Kouyate and many more...

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        Amazing footage from the 2012 Festival in the Desert featuring Bono of U2, Tinariwen, Bassekou Kouyate, Khaira Arby, and many more great artists and this amazing culture. Learn more at www.thefestivalinthedesert.com. The Festival in the Desert or 'Festival Au Desert' is currently in exile due to the unrest in Mali. Many of the Malian artists that have performed at the festival will be a part of a global experience which is the festival in exile so keep an eye out for Mali bands coming throughout the globe. The Festival Au Desert, which started in 2001, takes place in the North of Mali, a few kilometers outside Timbuktu. It originally started in Essakane, in the very north of Mali deep in the Sahara desert, however due to the difficulty of this journey, and the safety of the region the organizers moved it to a more accessible site in 2010. This festival follow in the tradition of larger, traditional Tuareg Festivals like Takoubelt in Kidal and Temakannit in Timbuktu. These festival were strictly Tuareg and represented the time for nomadic Tuareg to get together and make decisions and exchange information among the many communities. These gathering were always festive in origin and were celebrated with song, dance, poetry and more.

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        • Niafunke

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          A local band rehearsing on the porch of the house of late Ali Farka Toure in Niafunke, kinds running around and some views of river Niger. From our trip to Mali in January 2012.

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          • ZAPPING 2012 / Julien Bozzato

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            Portfolio 2012

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            • Danto Aiyya's Acacus Band with Anana Ag Haroun

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              A track from an intimate live 'Blue Desert' show as part of Sensoria Festival of Digital, Film & Music 2012 and the University of Sheffield's Translating Performance programme.. Filmed by Joana Correia daSilva for Konimusic at the Harland Cafe Sheffield Sun 22 April 2012

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              • Red Earth & Rust recording Skeletons Of Memory

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                A behind the scenes look at the making of Red Earth & Rust's third album Skeletons Of Memory - Songs For The West Coast. "These songs are born of a long relationship with the west coast of Southern Africa from Yzerfontein in the south to the Kunene River in the north. They are written in a unique style that contains elements of folk, rock and African desert blues. They celebrate the harsh beauty of this region and evoke the different cultures - many now endangered or extinct - of those who have lived there." Shot and edited by Ross Campbell Stills by Jonx Pillemer and Amy Schoeman Album produced by Jonny Blundell Recorded by Dave Langemann Mixed by Jonny & Dave Mastered by Tim Lengfeld Jacques Coetzee (keyboard and vocals) Willem Moller (guitars) Ronan Skillen (didg, tablas and additional percussion) Brydon Bolton (double bass and bass guitar) Ross Campbell (drums and percussion) Terrence Scarr (violin, viola and backing vocals) Jonny Blundell (guitars, backing vocals and percussion) Alex Bozas (bouzouki and dulcimer) Nonsi (Fancy) Galada (backing vocals) and featuring special guest Madosini (uhadi and umrhubhe traditional bows). All lyrics are by Barbara Fairhead. String arrangements Amanda Tiffin Farida Bacharova (1st violin) Patrick Goodwin (2nd violin) Paula Fourie (viola) Kristiyan Chernev (cello)

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                • BOMBINO - In World Sessions

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                  Filmed in Podium Mozaiek Amsterdam | November 2011 Directed by Ivan Abreu

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                  • Tinariwen Playing on Tour Bus

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                    • BOMBINO featuring FOOL'S GOLD live @ Trianon Paris 5 nov 2011

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                      produced by www.manivelagency.com

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