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.
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