Video

Tuareg Rock Outfit Imarhan Premiere The Visuals For 'Tahabort'

Watch Southern Alegrian Tuareg rock group and Tinariwen protégés Imarhan's debut music video for "Tahabort."


Imarhan are a newly arriving desert rock outfit from Southern Algeria's Tamanrasset, the main province of the Algerian Tuareg. The group, whose band name translates to 'the ones I care about,'  is formed by Tamanrasset-born childhood friends Iyad Ag Ibrahim aka "Sadam," Tahar Ag Kaddor, Hicham Ag Bouhas, Kada Ag Chanani, Hachim Ag Abdelkader, and Habibalah Ag Azouz.

Imarhan started composing "Tahabort," their debut single, and the rest of the songs on their forthcoming first album (due January of next year) under the tutelage of Tinariwen bassist and Sadam's older cousin Eyadou Ag Leche. Like Tinariwen, their sound blends hypnotic guitars lines based on traditional Tuareg music with blues and rock melodies to create a modern take on the assouf style.

Watch our premiere of Imarhan's video for "Tahabort," shot by the band across Tamanrasset, below and grab the single on iTunes. Catch Imarhan live on their upcoming European live dates with Tinariwen and Songhoy Blues, listed underneath.

Imarhan Live Dates

Jun 09 Reitschule Berne, Switzerland w/ Tinariwen

Jun 10 PTR - L'Usine Geneva, Switzerland w/ Tinariwen

Jun 12 Meadows in the Mountains Smolian, Bulgaria

Jun 22 L'international Paris, France

Jun 24 La Boule Noire Paris, France w/ Songhoy Blues

News Brief
Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images

Tomi Adeyemi Makes TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People List

'Children of Blood and Bone' author Tomi Adeyemi has been named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

The brilliant science-fiction writer Tomi Adeyemi has made it onto TIME magazine 100 Most Influential People. The 27-year-old took the publishing world by storm with her debut novel Children of Blood and Bone in 2018. The whimsical novel which weaves Nigerian mythology with the modern world became New York Times Bestselling novel when Adeyemi was just 25 years old. Adeyemi shared her elated response on Twitter.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Making Music Between the Cracks In Senegal

Navigating mbalax, hip-hop, and afropop, Senegalese artists are sticking together to make their music heard.