THEATR Mwldan and Cardigan Castle welcome Grammy-Award-winning Tuareg rockers Tinariwen to the castle tonight (15 July) as part of a series of special live music concerts taking place over the summer.
This is one of only a handful of dates the band are playing in the UK over the summer festival season, and a huge privilege for the town.
These champions of desert blues and kings and queens of ‘assouf’ (guitar poetry), have become one of the most successful and exciting exports from the African continent in recent decades.
Their rolling, yearning grooves and uncompromising messages of simplicity and freedom, distilled over years of struggle, rebellion and exile, have earned them countless accolades and citations, and the attention of high-profile fans such as Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, Brian Eno, Bono and Thom Yorke.
Crucially, they also enjoy the enduring respect of their own people and ever growing audiences around the world – across ages and genres.
The Sahara is a place of great hardship and subtle beauty that reveals its secrets slowly and carefully. Its people are resilient and strong, gentle giants among the sand, storms, and sun.
Tinariwen come from that place, Tuareg nomads from northern Mali, who since forming in 1979 have risen as true rock rebels, fighting for dignity and self-determination through their hypnotic and electrifying guitar rock that reflects the complex realities of their lives and somehow embodies the expansiveness of its desert origin.
Kizzy Crawford will support Tinariwen. A Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, the 20-year-old has exploded onto the Welsh music scene with her fusion of bilingual soul-folk jazz, complimented beautifully by a soulful voice that boasts both range and charisma.
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