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World Music Institute
Anewal (Etran Finatawa)
December 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
World Music Institute continues its Desert Blues series with Anewal (Etran Finatawa).
WMI’s Desert Blues series features artists from the Saharan region of Africa who are torchbearers of an African musical tradition, traced by ethnomusicologists as having existed there for centuries. The late Ali Farka Touré once said of the desert blues tradition in his country: “We’ve been playing this music for hundreds of years. The guys in Mississippi are playing American-Malian music, not the other way around.”
When & where
Thursday December 7, 2017 @ 7pm
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street
Tickets $30 advance / $35 door
Anewal is the new trio of Alhousseini Anivolla, former lead guitarist and singer of the famous desert blues band Etran Finatawa from Niger, which brings together traditional African songs of the Tamashek people of the Saharan desert in a new soundscape. With Anewal, Alhousseini continues his mission as an ambassador for cultural diversity in a changing world.
Anewal uses hypnotic two-chord jams, trance inducing beats, biting blues-infused guitar with Alhousseini’s warm vocals sung in his local vernacular. He’s an incisive and remarkably subtle guitarist, varying his attack on the strings, adding minute levels of natural distortion, with his incisive, blues-infused phrasing.
Anewal aims to create awareness of the cultural richness of its people and the many cultures of Niger.