Sunday, September 13
Tangleweed opens. 8 PM, Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln, 21+
Among the Saharan guitar bands that emerged in the wake of Tinariwen’s success, few are as convincing as Terakaft. Front man Liya Ag Ablil was a founding member of Tinariwen, in fact, but Terakaft have been around for two decades and just released their fifth album, Ténéré (Alone), on German label OutHere. The new record is their second in a row produced by British guitarist and composer Justin Adams, and this time he jacked up the bass and the beats to match the searing intensity of the band’s live sets—and he did it without swamping the cycling guitar interplay of Ablil and cofounder Sanou Ag Ahmed or their interwoven chantlike vocals. Ténéré is Terakaft’s first release since the end of hostilities in northern Mali, where a Tuareg insurgency in 2012 turned into open warfare when Islamic fundamentalists joined the fray; as such, it has a more hopeful vibe than its predecessor.