"Great work from one of the darkest groups working on the current Tuareg scene" - Jazzchill
Ahmed ag Kaedy has toured the world several times over by now. One thing's for sure, Ahmed prefers the desert, and the people of Kidal prefer the music of Amanar de Kidal, the forerunners of the avant guard Tuareg style.
In fall 2020, Amanar hit the road again, with European summer availability following a TBA new full length LP on Sahel Sounds!
Ahmed traded his gun for a guitar, as documented in the best introduction to Ahmed's story, CGTN documentary: 'Faces Of Africa - Ahmed Ag Kaedi: A Gun for a Guitar' and was forced to leave his beloved Kidal, essentially chased out of the region as it succumbed to extremism in the wake of Gadafi's fall from power and continual unrest in the region. Recruiting his closest musical associates for the touring band, Ahmed continued to build his good word in the region of Kidal, until threats from local rebels forced his exile.
Critical to the growth and fame of the Tuareg genre in recent years, through the global spread via his label Sahel Sounds, Ahmed continues his life of exile, having played solo throughout the EU, Americas and Canada during October and November 2019 taking in Etnosoi, Le Guess Who and Night of Surprise. Ahmed is key to the continuation of the growth of Tuareg fandom globally.
Amanar count Fatoumata Diawara, Khaira Arby and Bassékou Kouyaté as close friends and allies, documented in the moving 2016 story of music and culture from Mali, Mali Blues. Amanar first emerged on the classic Sahel Sounds compilation "Music from Saharan Cellphones".
The 2013 Documentary “Woodstock in Timbuktu” heavily features Amanar, most of the soundtrack is by them. Alongside Bombino.
Ahmed's full band has performed globally, and completes the picture of the Ahmed ag Kaedy repertoire. It's the fully functional Tuareg unit, an unabridged treat for all desert rock fans.
An extended biography for heads is available >HERE<
Previous European dates: Africa Festival Hertme , Presenze di Africa Florence, Croisée des Chemins Festival Les Houches, Sfinks Festival, Globaltica Festival Gdynia
Amanar de Kidal fly from Bamako
Tour party: 4 people
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