The Nigerien band Tal National represents one of the most important cultural crossroads of modern Africa. The band’s members comprise Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg communities: different tribes co-inhabiting the former French colony and each with their own songs, traditions and languages. In the music we hear the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa's Fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg's assouf or "blues,” and the exquisite "griot guitar" of Mali's Songhai, all delivered with virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy.
But fundamentally, they’re a rock n’ roll band. Here’s Rolling Stone: “Tal National play rollicking, dizzying, high-octane grooves with the joie de vivre of afrobeat and highlife, but have a hard-rocking polyrhythmic tumble reminiscent of experimental rock bands like Battles, Horse Lords and Tortoise.”
Its a thrill and an honor to host them in the Valley as they swing through the US for another blistering run in 2019.
If you like: Desert blues; Bombino; West African guitar; ecstatic, high-energy sets; bands that can play for hours.
Tickets: $12 adv, $15 at the door. Children 12 and under free. Thanks to our series sponsors Dean’s Beans, there will be $10 student tickets available at the door with ID.
Our Dean’s Bean’s Planetary Party cycle is made possible in part by our series sponsors and go-to coffee roasters Dean’s Bean’s!