Etran Finatawa "Sahara sessions!" released in June 2013
The Sahara Sessions was recorded deep in the desert. Sheltered only by an animal-skin tent and the vast canopy of midnight stars, Etran Finatawa played their guitars and sang straight from the heart. Each poignant song and everyslap of the calabash drum articulating the deep set divisions in the Sahel region that are threatening their Nomad way of life. Simmering political troubles and excruciating economic hardship pose a dangerous threat to the nomadic way of life and the rich cultures of Niger. Divining their solution to these issues, Etran Finatawa celebrate their diverse heritage and call for its preservation to be a priority for Nigeriens and listeners the world over.
RELEASED on JUNE 2013
'tightly structured songs are mixed with passages of thrilling improvisation... the album brims with a contagious freedom' 4****stars, Top Of The World, Songlines
'this has an authentic intimacy which some recordings of desert blues bands haven't had...' 4.5 stars, The NZ Herald
'it can feel as though the music is being made right in the room with you' 7.1 Pitchfork
"Tarkat Tajje / Let´s go!" released in 2010!
With producer Colin Bass Etran Finatawa has recorded these fantastic new sounds last July at Real World Studios in Box/UK.
Etran Finatawa’s hypnotic musical groove evokes the breathless heat and shimmering horizon of the Sahara. With laid back guitars, driving rhythms and compelling voices, Tarkat Tajje/Let’s Go! invites you to accompany this dynamic band of Wodaabe and Touareg nomads on their evolving musical journey.
Recorded in the middle of Etran Finatawa’s 2009 European tour, Tarkat Tajje/Let’s Go! reveals an incredible new groove, mature voices and sophisticated lyrics. They have created a unique sound with which to voice their ideas and concerns regarding their endangered traditional way of life. Their last album, Desert Crossroads, was an exploration of the realities of being a nomad in a changing society. This new album reaches a whole new philosophical level, as the band begins to explore their role as human beings, and cultural ambassadors, in a society of continuous global change.
This album is more than a statement. It is Etran Finatawa’s appeal to a global consciousness and to the decision makers and reactors all over the world. As Alhousseini says in the song ‘Imuzaran’:
"Those who are leading the world
pay attention to the tears of the children of this world
that you are spending every morning
and the tears of the women and the men."
Through their unique brand of desert blues, Etran Finatawa has enchanted audiences the world over, touring extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa and the Pacific.
In 2010 they embark on a new tour of Europe and North America.
Listen to the new song Kalamoujar and watch photos from WOMAD UK and Larmer tree festival 2009.
Photos by Geoff Dunlop, Kailash
Desert Crossroads (2007)
Etran Finatawa recorded their 2nd album in July 2007 in London´s famous Livingstone studios together with producer Paul Borg. The result of this very fruitful cooperation is now released. "Desert Crossroads" is available as CD album and M3 album at Riverboat World Music Network. As you can tell from the title and album's cover, this is music from the North African desert. Now you don't have to go online searching for a cheap airfare so you can experience the desert of Niger, with this album it is within easy reach.
Introducing Etran Finatawa (2005)
Introducing Etran Finatawa, CD produced by World Music Network London summer 2005, released spring 2006
available as CD album and M3 album at World Music Network