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Video: Tinariwen Meet TV On The Radio With "Tenere Taqqim Tossam"

Today, over on Pitchfork, we were excited to find the beautiful new video of Malian blues nomads, Tinariwen, who collaborated with two of our faves - Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio for "Tenere Taqqim Tossam."   We'll definitely be adding this track to the regular rotation alongside TVOTR's latest release, which we've had on constant replay for weeks - Nine Types Of Light.  The collabo makes complete sense - you can hear Adebimpe's signature vocal stylings complement the rhythmic gritty desert blues Tinariwen achieves on this new release - a departure from the more psychedelic electric-guitar based sounds they are known for, as they recorded with mainly acoustic guitars and un-amplified percussion here.  Perhaps Adebimpe's Nigerian roots will lead to even more African collabos (we hope!).


Be on the look out for Tinariwen's newest release, Tassili, due out August 30th on Anti, which also features Wilco's Nels Cline and the horn section from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.  Tinariwen's full U.S. and European tour dates are after the jump.

TOUR DATES:

06-26 Paris, France - Le Centquatre 104

06-28 Paris, France - Theatre des Bouffes du Nord

07-02 Comblain, Belgium - Comblain Jazz Festival

07-07 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

07-08 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

07-09-10 Winnepeg, Manitoba - Winnipeg Folk Festival

07-12 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up

07-13 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

07-14 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club

07-16 Seattle, WA - Neumos

07-17 Vancouver, British Columbia - Vancouver Folk Fest

07-20 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom

07-21 New York, NY - Grassroots Festival

07-23 Valence, France - Valence Festival

07-24 Meze, France - Festival de Thau

07-27 Budapest, Hungary - Zold Paron

07-29 Berlin, Germany - Haus der Kulturen der Welt

07-31 Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival

08-27 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Back to Black Festival

09-03 Birmingham, England - Moseley Folk Festival

09-04 Larmer Tree Gardens, England - End of the Road Festival

09-21 Paris, France - 104

09-25 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Krizanke Amphitheater

09-26 Zagreb, Croatia - Aquarius Club

09-30 Los Angeles, CA - Ooh La La!

10-05 Magny-Le-Hongre, France - File 7

10-06 Cologne, Germany - Philharmonie

10-07 Blois, Franc - Halle Aux Grains

10-08 Begles, France - Rendez-vous des Terres Neuvese

10-09 Laval, France - 6 Par 4

10-11 Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao

10-12 Poitiers, France - Theatre Scene Nationale

10-13 Nanterre, France - Maison De La Musique

10-15 Zurich, Switzterland - Kaufleuten

10-16 Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks

10-18 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

10-19 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique

10-20 Mannheim, Germany - Alte Feuerwache

10-21 Berlin, Germany - Kesselhaus

10-22 Warsaw, Poland - Palladium

10-23 Wroclaw, Poland - Eter Club

10-27 London, England - Roundhouse

10-29 Los Angeles, CA - Luckman Fine Arts Complex

11-18 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

12-04 Minehead, England - All Tomorrow's Parties

Interview

Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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