Tal National sign to FatCat
Straight from Niamey, Niger, Tal National are set to move from hometown hero status in their native landlocked, desert-dominated West African country to the global stage, thanks to a recent signing to FatCat Records and their debut tour outside Niger, starting at the Chicago World Music Festival inSeptember 2013.
Revered regionally for their mix of Saharan and West African sounds and for their intense guitar work and upbeat vibe, Tal National make striking music, despite a constant dearth of instruments and a complete lack of local studios. Their sound combines gritty electric sounds and layered, intriguing percussion including the talking drum. Tal National’s songs find a looping, trance-inducing quality (think desert blues) but with joy and vitality (think highlife or mbalax).
Watch "Katako" here:
The band is driven by the energetic, forward-thinking bandleader, Hamadal “Almeida” Moumine, who also runs a local children’s charity, serves as a judge in local courts, and had a successful soccer career before becoming Niger’s best-loved guitarist. Turning a dust-covered, half-abandoned studio into their rough-and-ready home base with help from Chicago-based producer Jamie Carter, Tal National laid down tracks all day, only to dash off to five-hour shows later in the evening. Carter sent the tracks along to FatCat who got it straight away.
Tal National’s first-ever foray outside of Niger will begin in Chicago before expanding out to the rest of the world. The band's FatCat debut, ‘Kaani’, is due out on LP/CD/Dig 09/10/13. Check out the band's Facebook page here.