Imarhan, the young 5-piece band from Tamanrasset in Southern Algeria announce their second album, Temet (out on 23rd February on via City Slang).
Temet in Tamashek means “connections” and the album’s an energetic wake up call for unity, reminding people that we are all are connected and that only through the acceptance and uptake of this union will we be able to solve the troubles all cultures seem to be dealing with in this important moment in time.
Recorded in Paris in early 2017 and produced by the band with help from Patrick Votan and Tinariwen’s Eyadou Ag Leche, Temet marks a huge leap forward both creatively and artistically for a band who were heralded as one of the leading-lights of the "new–wave of Tuareg music". Now firmly established and regarded as torch-bearers by the new generation of musicians in Algeria and the Mali border area, the album sees them broadening their sound beyond the meditative desert blues of their debut to take in elements funk, disco and rock.
Watch the atmospheric video for the opening track, 'Azzaman', here.
Having previously played European shows with Tinariwen, Kurt Vile, Songhoy Blues and Mdou Moctar and wowed festival audiences at the likes of End of the Road, WOMAD and Port Eliot, they return in March for a handful of European dates.