Aratan N’Akalle + DJ Aloko

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Date(s) - July 6, 2023
8:30 p.m.

Théâtre de l'Orangerie


Price (CHF): Free


Forced to flee the crisis in northern Mali, these "children of the country" met in the refugee camps in 2012 with, as the only haven of peace to survive, the music of their Tamasheq culture, which is part of Mali's cultural heritage. To guarantee a result to the height, the album was recorded in the studio of the guardian of blues music of the Niger river, Ali Farka Touré.

From the first five guitar notes, their single sets the pace. The first single from their Manamosse Kaltamasheq album, “Bariz” is like the complete work of the group: a concentrate of Tamasheq culture in a very rhythmic mix of blues and rock. Groupe Aratan N'Akalle present their song as both love poetry and a nostalgic tribute to their culture. Under the mastery of their artistic director, the illustrious Malian bluesman Vieux Farka Touré – son of Ali Farka Touré, the young musicians have transposed their sweet and bitter poetry to a frenzied rhythm in memory of Bariz, this sandy district hot from Timbuktu. Their song then turns into a real hymn that can be whispered, shouted or danced.

Returning to Mali a few years ago, the young people have made it their mission to participate in social cohesion through their music. Thanks to her, they proudly share their Tamasheq culture and hope to put an end to the stigmatization of which their community from northern Mali is still a victim. By tapping into the musical current “Assouf” (“nostalgia”, in Tamasheq), they find a source of peace and reconciliation with themselves and with the world. A result worthy of the international reputation of Mandinka music, whose guitar riffs span the ages and experiences, happy or unhappy, of life.

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