Al Bilali Soudan
A traditional Tuareg ensemble led by Abellow Yattara, who comes from a family of musicians and has been a playing the tehardent since the age of 10. Comprised of relatives who have known each other for their whole lives this group represents a tour de force of improvisation and spirit from the Sahara Desert.
Al Bilali Soudan - an ancient name for the city of Timbuktu - present an improvisational tour de force of traditional rhythms and scales. Their style is Tehardent, the Tamasheq name for their traditional stringed instrument. A precursor of the modern banjo, the Tehardent has accompanied griots, bards, dancers and vocalists for centuries. Abellow Yattara, group leader, hails from a well-known Tuareg family which has performed this music for generations.
Abellow Yattara, a master of the instrument, is the group leader. His cousin, Aboubacrine Yattara plays the bass tehardent. Mohamed Dicko and Abdoulaye Ag Mohamed play calabash. Their ease with one another is obvious in the verve of their relaxed performance. This recording represents contemporary masters of their instruments.