The TV on the Radio multi-instrumentalist and indie rock’s best beard will play an acoustic set on Sunday, Feb. 12, aboard the Carnival Imagination, a day before the three-day “tropical rock’n’roll vacation” returns to Miami from Nassau and the Bahamas, according to an announcement on the Bruise Cruise Facebook page. Malone joins Fucked Up, King Khan & The Shrines, Jello Biafra (DJ set), Thee Oh Sees, and a host of other acts scheduled to perform during the seaborne festival next month. To learn more about the Bruise Cruise, including how you can get 10 percent off the cost of a cabin, check out our Bruise Cruise page.
To enter to win two free tickets to see Tinariwen at Grand Central on Thursday, Nov. 10, simply leave a comment on this post. We will announce the winner, chosen at random, on Sunday on the Beached Miami Facebook page.
Tassili is a vast Algerian mountain range with jagged cracking canyons, sloping dunes, and deep valleys. It is known for well-preserved ancient artifacts and prehistoric art dating back to the Neolithic Period. Bordering Libya, Mali, and Niger, the region was much more likely to be featured in National Geographic than Rolling Stone until Tinariwen, the Mali-born rockers who are playing Grand Central on Nov. 10, recorded their fifth album in Djanet, an oasis city founded by the band’s nomadic Touareg ancestors in the Middle Ages.
“Tassili is a place very important for Tinariwen,” says bassist Eyadou Ag Leche, who speaks the native Tamashek language as well as French. (We interviewed Ag Leche via email with the help of a translator.) “Our story began in this part of the Sahara, and, for the last 20 years, the team hasn’t had the occasion to go back before this opportunity to do the record session.”
Tinariwen’s story is legend: The band’s founders, Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, Hassan Ag Touhami, and Inteyeden Ag Ablil, began making music in the late 1970s, a time of terrible drought in Southern Algeria. Drawing on a thirst for water and a hunger for political and cultural freedom, their lyrics channeled the intense suffering of the period and earned them listeners among a generation of exiled Touareg youth for whom the band’s mélange of traditional African music and contemporary Western rock sounded a note of hope in hopeless times.
Touring behind their fifth album, Nine Types of Light, TV On The Radio (TVOTR) played the Fillmore Miami Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Photographer Monica McGivern captured the following photos. To see more, visit the Beached Miami Facebook page.
Touring behind their fifth album, Nine Types of Light, TV On The Radio is playing the Fillmore Miami Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 25. I’ve had the experience of seeing TVOTR live and, well, it rules. Don’t let the dork glasses fool you: singer Tunde Adebimpe is one of the baddest dudes on the planet, a packet of pent-up energy that can get a crowd bouncing like few frontmen in indie rock.
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Thursday Friday morning on the Beached Miami Facebook page. Until then, here’s the hour-long companion video to Nine Types of Light, which features a video for each of the songs on the album and commentary by a set of disembodied heads.
On Nov. 10, Grand Central will host Tinariwen, a veritable blood diamond in the rough of world music. Founded by Mali native Ibrahim Ag Alhabib in the late ’70s, Tinariwen is a music collective of Tuareg people, a nomadic sect of villagers in the North African region of the Sahara Desert. Their music explores and blends native protest music, West African guitar, Middle Eastern pop, traditional Mali music, and traditional American rock and roll.
To recap Tinariwen’s history is to venture into the chaos of the region. Having witnessed his father’s execution at age 4, Ag Alhabib spent his childhood in Malian refugee camps before roaming in exile with fellow Tuaregs in Algeria and Libya. While in exile, Ag Alhabib joined forces with other Tuareg musicians to entertain their people. In 1980, (former?) President Muammar al-Gaddafi implored all young Tuareg men living illegally in Libya to join his desert army, an invitation that Ag Alhabib and other musicians accepted.
In 1985, Ag Alhabib joined another call to arms, this time from a Tuareg rebel movement. In the movement, Ag Alhabib met his future Tinariwen collaborators and began recording music on cassette tapes that eventually circulated throughout the Saharan region. The collective moved back to Ag Alhabib’s native Mali in 1989, where several band members joined the Tuareg rebel uprising against the Malian government. After two years of fighting and a peace agreement, Tinariwen, for the first time ever, was able to concentrate full time on music.
Tinariwen made its first recording outside of North Africa with The Radio Tisdas Sessions in 2001. The collective’s fifth album, Tassili, due out on Aug. 30th, features Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, who traveled to Algeria to record with the band, Wilco’s Nels Cline, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
The utter improbability of a roving band of Tuareg musicians landing in downtown Miami should be enough to get you to the show, which is a Rhythm Foundation production. If not, “Tenere Taqqim Tossam”, the Adebimpe-Malone collaboration off of Tassili, ought to do the trick.
As many know by now, TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith died yesterday morning “following a courageous fight against lung cancer,” according to a message on the Brooklyn-born band’s website. “We will miss him terribly.” The Miami connection here is tenuous — or rather it is as strong as anywhere since the death of Smith at the age of 34 is a loss to TVOTR’s many well-deserved fans around the country. The band has canceled five dates on their Nine Types of Light tour (which is not scheduled to come through South Florida) presumably to grieve Smith’s far-too-early death, the cause of which makes Tunde Adebimpe’s desperate plea — “Lord, if you got lungs, come on shout me out” — in this Dear Science track that much more powerful.