Forced by the political crisis in Mali to take refuge in Algeria, the young Touareg band Tamikrest have recorded a feminist statement: Chatma, meaning “Sisters”, is bolstered by the singing of Tinariwen alumna Wonou Walet Sidati and its songs pay tribute to the courage of Touareg women.

Amid the usual off-kilter desert rhythms, there are innovations ranging from practically-ambient interludes to acoustic ballads.

Tamikrest

Chatma

(Glitterbeat)

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