"an acoustic guitar attune to a bereft heart" - NPR
Solo folk project from Sahel Sounds' Tuareg guitar and voice maestro; Ahmed ponders the seeming impossibility of returning home. (He sings in the Tuareg language) “I see Kidal there before me and it’s become like the ruins of a civilization,” his voice sounding parched, weary, and unfiltered. “A land of the United Nations, the French military, and a terrible drought.” Kaedy updates the politics of the Tuareg regions in deceptively laid-back tunes like “Azaman” (“Era”), which compares Mali’s northerners to “small animals, separated from their mothers.”
Ahmed has toured the world several times over, but laments "I don't really want to be touring Europe in excile, I want to return to Kidal".
Ahmed's desert rock band Amanar de Kidal is the preferred choice of the Kidal locals. Everywhere Ahmed goes he forges new bonds, by now his network is global.
Ahmed has appeared in several well known films. Perhaps the most vivid account of Ahmed's story is told through the documentary "A Gun for a Guitar" (see below) in which Ahmed tells his account of having grown as a person through the ranks of the rebel military, to discovering his love for guitar, and downing his weapons choosing instead to tell the story and to teach through music instead. He also appeared with Fatoumata Diawara & Bassekou Kouyate in the film 'Mali Blues' about a seminal rock concert help in his home country. Mali has it's fair share of incredible export stars; Fatoumata Diawara, Bassekou Kouyate are all close friends and allies.
Previous European dates: Le Guess Who Festival, Etnosoi!, TRAFO, Night of Surprise, ZDB, Import Export, Le Bourg, Grrnd Zero, TAPE Aarhus, Kontoret, Delicias Zaragoza, SONS Castellón, Teatro el Albéitar León, Radar Vigo, Ancienne Belgique.
Ahmed flies from Bamako
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