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Clermont NY 12526-5505

518 755 5089

Clermont Music is an effort to support musicians from the Sahara Desert in Northern Mali by touring, recording and presenting their music to the World.

Imarhan Timbuktu

Clermont Music presents IMARHAN TIMBUKTU. Formed in 1993 by Mohamed Issa Ag Oumar the group has become a reference point in contemporary Tuareg desert blues music. Their songs speak of love, unity, and their Sahara Desert cultural traditions.

photo: Intagrist El Ansary

photo: Intagrist El Ansary

Imharhan, ...With a more electric, “modern” sound, ... Very well received by a sell out crowd at La Tulipe. [Montreal]”
Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide

Imharhan gives them room to stretch into new music”
Glynis Hart, Ithaca Times

a band that reflects the often experimental, fascinating Tuareg adaptation of Saharan nomad music to contemporary, fresh sounds."
Brightest Young Things blog


At clubs and parties in Northern Mali, IMARHAN TIMBUKTU have provided the grooving soundtrack to life there over the past 10 years. With their sister group, TARTIT, they have toured Europe and North America bringing the contemporary music of Timbuktu to world audiences. Grounded in traditional Saharan repertoire, the band developed their unique sound, a contemporary expression influenced by the music of the world. As witnesses to the incredible political forces shattering their world, IMARHAN TIMBUKTU create riveting music. The electric instruments blend with traditional hand drums. The chorus breaths notes of nostalgia, loss, celebration and pride.  The many experiments and collaborations with which the group members have been involved over the years move this Tuareg desert blues to fresh coordinates.

At the Festival au Desert 2012, the Tuareg group Imharhan Tombouctou perform "Aicha Talamomt":
"In an oasis in the afternoon in the desert with a friend and a little water and the sun is setting, its sad that we cannot stop the time."