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Tunng join forces with Tinariwen for UK tour

Tunng and Tinariwen got on so well while recording a collaborative session for Late Junction that they decided to embark on a UK tour together. More details from the press release...

Electronic folkers Tunng are proud to announce their recent collaboration with world music stars Tinariwen is set to tour the UK in March. Support comes from Soundpot, the full tour dates, promoted by Community Music Network, are below.

It’s no surprise that when Tunng and three members of Tinariwen came together earlier this year to record a session for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, the results were startling. They recorded a beautifully fluid set with a sense of space and ease; fragments of vocals, languages, riffs and melodies weaving together effortlessly. This will be aired on Late Junction on 19th February 2009.

Tunng inhabit a place in UK music which is entirely their own and full of contradictions. Their lyrics explore the dark crevices of life without ever losing hope. And their songs have roots deep in the past, but still crackle with experimental fervour.

Tunng were formed in 2003 by Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders, in a basement below a clothes shop in Soho. Over time they have been joined by Ashley Bates, Phil Winter, Becky Jacobs and Martin Smith in their British twisted folk-pop collective.

The final line-up of three members of Tinariwen, collaborating with Tunng on tour in March can now be announced. It is Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni (guitar, vocals), Eyadou Ag Leche (guitars, bass guitar, vocals) and Said Ag Ayad (percussion, vocals).

Tinariwen were formed in Southern Algeria by three young friends living in exile. In the 1980s they became soldier-musicians, lured into military camps in Libya. After a brief and painful rebellion against the government of Mali, they accepted peace and finally realised their dream of becoming full-time musicians. Their name, based on ‘Kel Tinariwen’ means ‘desert boys’.

This unique collaboration is a spellbinding prospect for fans of either band and newcomers alike.

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BBC LATE JUNCTION: Broadcast Tues 19th February 2008 (23.15 – 01.00)

TUNNG: ‘Good Arrows’ (Full Time Hobby)
TINARIWEN: ‘Aman Iman’ (Independiente)

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