Tal National

By the time Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s ‘Kaani’, the band’s first release outside of Niger, they had spent more than a decade crisscrossing their native country, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week, selling their CDs on street corners and roundabouts. In the process, they became Niger’s most popular band, with songs constantly blasted on national TV and cell phones everywhere. Following FatCat’s release of ‘Kaani’, Western audiences and critics quickly embraced the band’s singular and finely-honed sound. NPR were hit by “the band’s tightness and fiery energy”; The Guardian praised “their full-tilt approach, and hypnotic intensity”; whilst Songlines wrote of ““a rich, hybrid sound that draws on familiar West African elements to create something rewardingly fresh and different”. FatCat release the dazzling follow-up, ‘Zoy Zoy’, on April 13th.

Niger borders Nigeria, Mali and Ghana. Collected within this former French colony can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in the membership of Tal National. As such, the nation enjoys a greatly varied mix of cultures and ethnicities, all richly steeped in music. It is no stranger to highlife, kora and afrobeat musics, while giving the world Tuareg Blues and a unique brand of hip-hop. In Tal National’s music can be heard the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa’s fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg’s assouf and the exquisite griot guitar of Mali’s Songhai, all delivered with virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy. After listing ‘Kaani’ in its top 10 albums of 2013, The New York Times wrote that “the music keeps leaping ahead with one surprise after another: guitar parts that align and diverge and reconfigure, drumming that pounces on offbeats. The patterns are crisp, complex and tireless.”

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EVENTS

WEDNESDAY 22ND APR 2015
Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC. USA.

THURSDAY 23RD APR 2015
Aisle 5, Atlanta, GA. USA.

SUNDAY 26TH APR 2015
Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette, LA. USA.

TUESDAY 28TH APR 2015
Sahara Lounge, Austin, TX. USA.

WEDNESDAY 29TH APR 2015
The Lumberyard, Marfa, TX. USA.

THURSDAY 30TH APR 2015
Solar Culture, Tuscon, AZ. USA.

SUNDAY 3RD MAY 2015
FUSION: World Music and Dance Festival, Ventura, CA. USA.

VIDEOS

Tal National - Claire

Filmed in Niamey, Niger by Flo and Frederic.
Editing: Michael Patrick Mayer

Tal National - “Claire” from the album Zoy Zoy out April 14th, 2015

2 months ago
Tal National - KEXP Session

http://KEXP.ORG presents Tal National performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded October 9, 2013.

one year ago
Tal National - Anawaya

Tal National - Anawaya

one year ago
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