On Saturday 10th of November we welcome Terakaft, the pioneers of desert rock, a Tuareg band from Mali featuring founding members of Tinariwen.
“In a Bamako courtyard around 1998, I heard a half-whispered song on a broken guitar which entranced me. It led me, Philippe Brix [now Terakaft’s manager] and a few others to the Saharan desert to find where this music came from. Tuareg guitar – a looping groove, melancholy tune, a simplicity and a profundity – that called to mind the masters of the Delta, the spirit and defiance of the early Wailers, with a desert flavour between Gnawa trance and Ali Farka’s serpentine swing.”
Hailing from Mali the Tuareg band Terakaft (meaning “The Caravan”) are regarded as the pioneers of desert rock. No other band from the desert is closer to Tinariwen than Terakaft. This is because it is a part of it: a part that has grown like the rock arm of the desert collective. Their last album ‘Alone (Ténéré’)’ was born out of a need to maintain sanity in times of broken dreams and lies. This might be Terakaft’s most rock-oriented album to date but at the same time it is also their most poetic.
Diara and Sanou are the backbone of Terakaft: the guardians of desert blues. Diara is the spirit of the band, as strong as a rock. Sanou, his nephew, is the heart of Terakaft. He brings the life to its spirit. Diara, the elder, lays out heavy rhythms pulsing through his guitar. Sanou has become the natural heir to the sound of “assouf”, with his intense rock riffs and an up-lifting attitude towards life.
“Terakaft’s sound is the starkest and most compelling excursion yet into the sonic world of the Sahara…” Mark Hudson, The Daily Telegraph
As always, La Cantina Cafe will be open serving the most delicious Vegetarian food. Gig only £12, Gig and Supper £22
Doors open at 7.30pm and food is served until 9pm.