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Artist
Tinariwen
ReleaseProduct
Amasskoul
Label
Wedge
Catalogue Number
WEDGEDL0221
Release Date
October 12, 2004

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With several of its members involved in the Tuareg rebellion for autonomy in the early ‘90s, politically outspoken and social conscious celebrated Tuareg collective harnessed a new fieriness leading up to the release of Amassakoul in 2004.

‘Amassakoul ’N’Ténéré’ opens the album seismically with a single drum and handclaps, especially considering the featherlight percussion across their 2001 debut The Radio Tisdas Sessions. The song’s lyrics also take a deceptively heavy approach, detailing a lonesome traveler in the desert that could be read as a metaphor for the Tuareg people’s nomadic state after their ancestral lands were colonised. Tinariwen’s second album is full of countless moments of subtle power, exploring the band’s politics and beliefs while expanding on the desert blues sound that launched them onto an international stage.

‘Chet Boghassa’ is a prime example, employing flashes of guitar solos and jubilant group vocals as the band recount the liberation of a village during rebellion. Amassakoul also acts as a dissection of the band’s influences, bordering on psychedelic abandon with the riotous ‘Oualahila Ar Tesninam’ before conjuring a haunting folk song (‘Alkhar Dessouf’) and closing the album with a droning meditation (‘​​Assoul’). Considered in years since as the band’s breakthrough record and an influence on younger Tuareg acts, Amassakoul captures Tinariwen becoming unafraid to realise their potential as storytellers from an age of rebellion.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Amassakoul 'N' 'Ténéré 3:25 Buy

    Amassakoul 'N' 'Ténéré

  2. 2 Oualahila Ar Tesninam 3:47 Buy

    Oualahila Ar Tesninam

  3. 3 Chatma 5:36 Buy
  4. 4 Arawan 4:06 Buy
  5. 5 Chet Boghassa 3:52 Buy
  6. 6 Amidinin 2:51 Buy
  7. 7 Ténéré Daféo Nikchan 4:51 Buy

    Ténéré Daféo Nikchan

  8. 8 Aldhechen Manin 3:54 Buy
  9. 9 Alkhar Dessouf 4:55 Buy
  10. 10 Eh Massina Sintadoben 4:29 Buy

    Eh Massina Sintadoben

  11. 11 Assoul 4:09 Buy
  12. 12 Taskiwt Tadjat 4:03 Buy

Vinyl Track List

A1 Amassakoul ’N’Ténéré
A2 Oualahila Ar Tesninam
A3 Chatma
B1 Arawan
B2 Chet Boghassa
B3 Amidinin
C1 Ténéré Daféo Nikchan
C2 Aldhechen Manin
C3 Alkhar Dessouf
D1 Eh Massina Sintadoben
D2 Assoul
D3 Taskiwt Tadjat (Bonus Track Unreleased)

CD Track List

Amassakoul ’N’Ténéré
Oualahila Ar Tesninam
Chatma
Arawan
Chet Boghassa
Amidinin
Ténéré Daféo Nikchan
Aldhechen Manin
Alkhar Dessouf
Eh Massina Sintadoben
Assoul
Taskiwt Tadjat (Bonus Track Unreleased)

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