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Nigerien Rock Band Tal National's Explosive 'Tenere'

Listen to "Tenere," a guitar-driven track from Nigerien rock group Tal National's forthcoming 'Zoy Zoy' LP via FatCat Records.


Nearly a month ago, Nigerien rock band Tal National shared the festive music video for "Claire," the lead single off their forthcoming sophomore album Zoy Zoy. Today, the group drops "Tenere," another explosive track from the record. A riot of curling guitars, quick drums, and soaring vocals, "Tenere" is the type of relentlessly energetic song that loses the listener in its throes. Like "Claire," the track is extremely fast yet, behind its impassioned singing, lies a poignant background. As The Fader explains, the song's title references the Arbre du Ténéré (Tree of Ténéré), a lone acacia tree that was a popular site in the Sahara desert but was destroyed by a drunk driver in 1973 (a metal sculpture now stands in for it). As an elegy for that lost tree, "Tenere" is melancholic. As a rollercoaster-like, guitar-driven song, "Tenere" is rollicking. Listen to Tal National's "Tenere" below. Zoy Zoy will be released on April 14th via FatCat Records. Tal National will embark on a North American tour this spring. Full dates, including a stop at Pace University’s Schimmel Center in New York City, can be found below.

Zoy Zoy Tracklist:

1. Zoy Zoy

2. Koana

3. Claire

4. Say Wata Gaya

5. Farila

6. Tenere

7. Kodaje

8. Saraounia

Tal National North American Tour

March 27 Dearborn, MI Arab American National Museum

March 28 London, ON Aeolian Hall

March 29 Toronto, ON Drake Underground

March 31 Elmira, NY Elmira College, Gibson Theatre

April 2 New York, NY Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center

April 3 Marlboro, NY The Falcon

April 4 Hudson, NY Half Moon Hudson

April 7 Burlington, VT Nectar’s

April 8 New Haven, CT Café Nine

April 9 Northampton, MA Iron Horse

April 10 Somerville, MA Johnny D’s

April 11 Portland, ME SPACE Gallery

April 12 Troy, NY Sanctuary For Independent Media

April 15 Ithaca, NY The Haunt

April 17 Washington, DC Tropicalia

April 22 Charlotte, NC Snug Harbor

April 23 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5

April 26 Lafayette, LA Festival International de Louisiane

April 28 Austin, TX Sahara Lounge

April 30 Tucson, AZ Solar Culture

May 8 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom

May 9 Olympia, WA Olympia Ballroom

May 10 Seattle, WA Barboza

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