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Tamikrest Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records

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Fourth album from Tamikrest, the Tuareg nomadic group with the tight desert rock sound. Kidal is named for the Malian town that is at the core of Tuareg identity, and it carries the heat and the hope of the culture in its deep grooves, its vocal chants, and its sweetly meandering guitars. CD and LP release on the Glitterbeat label.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP043)
  • CD (GBCD043)


Available on 180 gram 12” vinyl in gatefold case on Glitterbeat. Live recording from Taureg rock band Tamikrest. Layered percussion grooves and dirtied electric guitars filled with extensions and improvisations of album tracks. It’s excellent desert blues for fans of Can or Pink Floyd. Limited 1500 copies, with download code.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP022)
  • Limited edition


The third LP from Tuareg group Tamikrest is an embattled, passionate record. Though they hail from Northern Mali, the band currently live in exile in Algeria on account of the imposition of Sharia law throughout their home territory. Chatma serves as a comment on Tamikrest's divided situation - a burgeoning musical reputation in both Africa and Europe, yet like many of their friends and family they have been cast out of their homeland. The pounding tracks here fuse desert blues with rock, funk and psychedelic influences to powerful effect. ‘Chatma’ literally translates as ‘sisters’, and the album’s lyrics act as odes to ‘the courage of the Tuareg women, who have ensured both their children's survival and the morals of their fathers and brothers.’ An excellent and necessary listen.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP007)