**Due to unforeseen travel issues Imarhan will not be preforming in Flagstaff on the 25th. All ticket holders please contact the Center for the Arts for a refund – 928.779.2300. We are sorry for any inconvenience.**
Imarhan is a Tuareg band from Southern Algeria that evoke a calm and passionate soulful music that reflects the Saharan people’s music. The intimacy of their music gives a fresh and intricate; space and sensitivity in their music.
The band’s debut album is intent on dismantling the ideas western listeners have about popularized Tuareg music. This new wave of Tuareg musicians sound very different to the desert distortion that accompanies groups like Mdou Moctar or Group Inerane. Instead, it provides sumptuous slow burners, and a complexity of composition that hasn’t been demonstrated by previous music exported from the Saharan people’s musical repertoire.
Even if the band has a direct DNA link to trail blazers Tinariwen – (Eyadou Ag Leche of Tinariwen is a cousin of frontman Sadam, and guided their evolution and produced and co-wrote several songs on this album), their poetry and flow has a more integrally urban base than the ancestral tamashek poetry and traditional rhythms of their elders, Tinariwen. Instead they offer something much more fresh and intricate; there is a lot of sensitivity and space in these jams, a lot of room for your mind to ponder and drift.
This intimacy of Imarhan’s sound is no coincidence. In the language of the Kel Tamashek people ‘Imarhan’ means ‘the ones I care about’ – Iyad Moussa Ben Abderahmane aka Sadam, Tahar Khaldi, Hicham Bouhasse, Haiballah Akhamouk and Abdelkader Ourzig all grew up near each other in Tamanrasset, Southern Algeria, in a Tuareg community of Northern Malian descent. The giant divide between their spiritual home and physical home is heard in their tracks: the funkier groove of Western Africa, the emptier, subtle tones of Saharan Traditional folk music and the fire and romance of Algerian Rai music. No other Tuareg release to date has had such a variance of rhythms, tempo and feeling.
Imarhan’s record is a heads-up to anyone who thought Tuareg music as just one thing: it’s an invitation to closer listening and also an album that will stay fresh for a long time and influence those from the Sahara and beyond.
Imarhan are set to take the stage Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the Coconino Center for the Arts located at 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show, and can be purchased by clicking the link below. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call the Center For the Arts at (928) 779-2300, or purchase tickets in person at CCA, or Arizona Music Pro .