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May 2013 29

Comprised of two original members of Tinariwen, their sound is perhaps a more intense, purposeful slant on the dessert-rock sound, with the subject matter of the songs adding an urgency to the delivery and the intensity of the beats, creating an atmosphere that celebrates a culture rich in artistry and diversity.

Formed in 2001 and hailing from Kidal, Mali, Terakaft are a genuine Tuareg desert rock band sculpted by the rolling sands of the Sahara: weathered, dusty, relentless, endless. Through droning guitars, pulsating rhythms, and powerful, mournful vocals, Terakaft – ‘Caravan’ in their mother tongue – tell tales of a nomadic people, of families displaced, of violence, loss, sadness and defiance. And they do so in a way that creates a united sound which carries within it the spirit of victory, even while singing of defeat.

Wild riffs, searing and searching eastern-tinged melodies, three voices singing in harmony, and the ever present soul of the blues. This is the Terakaft sound, and we cannot wait to hear it live in all its ferocity.


  • Terakaft – live

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