Terakaft at the 2014 Sziget Festival in Budapest [picture: FHE]
This time of the year, half of January, used to be the Festival in the Desert in Mali. It has been held from 2000 till 2012, after which first the rebellion then its aftermath and now the Corona-virus pandemic, all have caused that it could not be held somewhere in the Sahara Sand near Timbuktu. I have posted before some less known recordings of the festival, have some more but these still need some preparation works. So decided to post recordings of a Tamasheq group at a European festival.
Biography of Terakaft
Nicknamed Khiwaj (the Giant), Kedou is known to all the Tuaregs, as much for his active involvement in the rebellion, as as an emblematic musician in early Tinariwen.
He experienced exile in Algeria, then the Libyan training camps in the 1980s. It was in this context that he met Ibrahim Abaraybone and Intiyeden, beginning with them the long history of Tinariwen. He has fought in Lebanon, in Chad under the Libyan flag and engaged in the rebellion of 1990.
After the peace agreements, he participated in 1992 with Hassan, Diara and Abdallah in the first studio recording of Tinariwen in Abidjan, then in 2001 recording the album "The Radio Tisdas Session". At the time when Tinariwen reached international notoriety, Kedou continued his own path in Algeria.
In 2007, he returned to Kidal to form the group Terakaft with Diara (brother of Intiyeden and another historical composer of Tinariwen) and young guitarists from Adrar, giving birth to "Bismilla", his first western album, followed in 2008 with "Akh issudar".
After their 2008 European tour and the album "Akh isshudar", Kedou decided to leave the group, which tightens around Diara and Sanou and young musicians of Adrar. Then follow the albums "Aratan n Azawad" (2011) and "Kel tamasheq" (2012).
source: tamasheq.net/artistes/terakaft.html [through the wayback machine]
Listen to Kel Tamasheq [live]
recorded 2014.Aug.16, Sziget Festival on an island in the Danube in Budapest
bc.2014.Sep.15, FunkHaus Europa - World Live [now called Cosmo - World Live]
setlist: 1.Ténéré Wer Tat Zinchegh / 2.Alla Fall Manine / 3.Diya Idohana / 4.Kel Tamasheq / 5.Arghane Manine / 6.Imad Halan / 7.Wer Esinen / 8.Imidiwan / 9Aimama Imaima / 10.Mijao / 11.Tameyawte / 12.Karambani
line-up [probably]: Liya Ag Ablil, aka Diara - gitaar, zang / Sanou Ag Ahmed - basgitaar / Nicolas Grupp - drums
Some links to enjoy:
- Terakaft - Wer Essinen (live @ Sziget 2014) - FHE-Cosmo at YouTube
- Terakaft - 2017 at Afrika Festival Hertme - audio vpro.nl
- Terakaft - Live 2008 [2009, Tapsit] - booklet with very good, extensive biography [through wayback machine]
2007: Bismilla [CD, Tapsit]
2008: VA - Ishumar [CD compilation, Reaktion]
2008: Akh issudar [CD, Tapsit]
2009: Live 2008 [digital, Tapsit / Reaktion]
2011: Aratan n'Azawad [CD, World Village]
2012: Kel Tamasheq [CD, World Village]
2012: VA - Songs for Desert Refugees [CD compilation, Glitterhouse]
2014: The Tapsit Years [CD compilation, Reaktion]
2015: Alone - Ténéré [CD/LP, Out Here Records]