So to describe Tamikrest I would just have to roll with the blurb sent to me and I quote:
“Tamikrest, led by 27-year-old singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Ousmane Ag Mossa, are a desert blues/ rock band singing in Tamashek, the language of the Touareg (nomadic people inhabiting the Saharan desert across various countries, including Niger, Algeria, Libya and Mali). They can be seen as the "spiritual sons" of Tinariwen.”
Mmmmm interesting I hear you say and you’d be right!! With on stage collaboration provided by mini-super group Dirtmusic the crowd were treated to an uplifting mellow introduction to the electric sounds of the desert in the intimate Borderline venue in the heart of London’s Soho.
I would say that Tamikrest were innovative without being wholly original and provided sufficient entertainment in terms of on stage presence and song choices. Although I did feel Dirtmusic did take over the set a little too much at times and would like to put that down to the fact that it was the first time Tamikrest had been to the UK and with experience in bands such as Lemonheads, Bad Seeds and Walkabout within Dirtmusic’s ranks perhaps their experience shone through more, something Tamikrest could easily resolve with time. On the whole an interesting and enjoyable evening providing an insight to some accessible modern world music without a panpipe in sight.