Live Show Review

Tinariwen: The Sound of Inclusion

by Chris Pizzolo


Last night marked the second of two sold-out New York City shows for the North African blues band Tinariwen. Taking place at Brooklyn Bowl, the band played many songs off their latest record Elwan (Elephant), via US based label Anti Records. The band’s popularity is undeniable, but their ability to use music to electrify love, acceptance, and mastery is truly what makes them a total spectacle to experience.

The show opened up with the Bengali world-rock band Dengue Fever. The band helped Brooklyn welcome in a festive Bengali new year with a variety of funk, soul, and rock flare. Their songs are reminiscent of traditional rock and roll and soul but with a lounge and punk infusion, as if Nancy Sinatra and Gogol Bordello opened a club together.

Following Dengue Fever’s ebullient performance was the highly anticipated set from Tinariwen. The group began with a meditative jam and erupted into groove heavy set including songs from the Grammy award winning record Tassili. 


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