Nigerien Rock Outfit Tal National Share The Electric 'Zoy Zoy'

Listen to Nigerien rock group Tal National's fast, guitar-based title track from their forthcoming 'Zoy Zoy' LP.

Earlier this month, Nigerien rock group Tal National released the explosively poignant, Tree of Ténéré-referencing "Tenere" from their forthcoming sophomore LP Zoy Zoy. Now, the French-speaking collective, whose previous album Kaani was named one of 2013's best by The New York Times, share the title track off Zoy Zoy. Like "Tenere," "Zoy Zoy" is a fast piece of spinning guitars and quick drums, but has a more communal spirit than its predecessor as not only lead vocalist Almeida but many of the band members sing over the ensuing musical riot. Tal National's upcoming Zoy Zoy album is scheduled for release on April 14 via FatCat Records. The Nigerien band are also headed on a North American tour this spring. Full dates, including a performance at Pace University’s Schimmel Center in New York City, can be found below. Listen to Tal National's "Zoy Zoy" over at NPR and revisit their video for "Claire" 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 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

Photo by Rachel Seidu.

#EndSARS: Security Forces Open Deadly Fire on Protesting Nigerians

Nigerian security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate amid continued demonstrations against police brutality. This comes after the Nigerian government recently enforced an abrupt curfew in Lagos.

It has been reported that security forces in Nigeria have opened fire on protestors at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos. Several reports from various media outlets have confirmed this incident after numerous images and videos emerged on social media. The footage reveals protesters running away from security forces as they fire live rounds into the crowds while others have been shown to be injured. No fatalities have as yet been officially confirmed by mainstream media. Protesters have continued mass demonstrations against the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which has been now been "rebranded" by the Nigerian government to a new unit termed the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

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