There is something in African music that just draws me to it. It’s highly rhythmic repetitive style just makes you wanna dance and I might not understand the vocals… if it sounds good, it sounds good, simple as that! So when I saw Tamikrest was going to play in Vera, it didn’t take long to make up my mind.
Tamikrest is one of the bands that came from the Tuareg people (the nomadic groups from the Sahara) and the name Tamikrest means ‘crosspoint’, which according to the band’s description on the Vera website is an apt name for a band that mixes their ‘timeless culture’ with the sounds and visions they encounter along their travels. I don’t know about all of that, but the included link to the album teaser simply sounded absolutely awesome. This is exactly what I love about music!
These type of concerts attract a very different style of concert-goers than the more traditional western pop/rock bands and it’s good to see the Vera venue was well filled once the concert started (although I had my doubts as it took a while for the venue to full up). Also there was enough room for people to dance whenever the rhythm took over.
The band spoke mainly French which I felt didn’t fully land with the audience (at least not with me… I get the ‘merci’ but more then that and I’m lost). It’s great for songs, but the chatter between songs it fell a bit flat. However it’s the music that counts and that was simply mesmerizing. And although the whole band sounded fantastic I have to say the guitarist was absolutely incredible! Slide-guitar, bluesy rhythm’s, jazzy… a phenomenal guitarist.
Two songs for the encore which also included a drumsolo. Hadn’t heard one of them in a while… Terrific concert in all and I’m going to have to find myself an album of the band soon.
As a tip from me -and one I’m unfortunately going to have to miss myself- Vera will have Aziza Brahim over on November 12. Her music features Cuban, Spanish, Malin and Arabic influences and that sounds like a great mix of worldly music. I’ll eagerly await the next opportunity.