Tuareg musicians from Ahaggar and Ajjers
In May 2008, I accompanied a Japanese journalist to make a report on Tuareg music, through the interview of musicians from Tamanrasset (Ahaggar, S-W Algeria) and Djanet (Ajjers, S-E Algeria) that would participate in the Tokyo Summer Festival, next July. This event, organized by the Arion Foundation for music, would gather musicians from Sahara and also the Amazonian rain forest, under the thema of "Echoes of the forest, desert voices" . Short comments of this journey are presented in the Visual journey. The rest of this report will take place in the extraordinary context of a bunch of Tuaregs walking in the streets of Tokyo, together with yellow haired highschool girls and x-rayed boys with teddy bears hanged at their rucksack... to be followed in July !
÷ Tamanghasset ÷ Tindi and imzad
Instruments and voices
Single string violin made out of a calabash, goat skin and horse's hair, imzad is a traditionnal instrument
Percussion made of wood and goat skin. Popular in Djanet
The jerrycan, used for stocking 4x4 gasoline, is used as a percussion.
Six strings instrument made out of a single piece of wood. Popular in arab countries.
Mortar transformed in percussion by bending a goat skin. Used by all Tuareg women.
Flute made of reed or metal. Used by sheperds.
... Akkas! , hand claping
Hand claping accompany tindi as well as guitar or oud music. When you hear "akkas" , clap your hands!
Electric guitar has been a revolution in Tuareg music from the 80's.
My favorite, by a Djaneti woman
imzad and tazammart （Shenna）
Tuareg musicians from Ahaggar and Ajjers （photoreport > clic the photo below）