Mohamed Issa and Imarhan Timbuktu
IMARHAN TIMBUKTU was formed in 1993 by Mohamed Issa Ag Oumar and the group quickly became a reference point for contemporary Tuareg desert blues music with their songs of love, unity, and their Sahara Desert cultural traditions.
“Imarhan, ...with a more electric, “modern” sound, ... a sell out crowd at La Tulipe. [Montreal]”
Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide
”Imarhan gives them (Tartit) 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
Mohamed Issa ag Oumar is IMARHAN TIMBUKTU. With sister group, TARTIT, he is one of the first to bring the music of Timbuktu to world audiences. Mohamed Issa continues to developed desert blues now influenced by the world. Electric guitars combine with hand drums. Refugees from the conflicts in the Sahara Desert their lyrics speak of nostalgia, love and pride.