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Timasniwen (from tamasheq “ⵜⵎⵙⵏⵓⵏ”: north, transhumance, nomadic way of life) is a Tuareg rock band from Niger. The story of the group begins in 2016 in Niamey when two Tuareg artists friends from childhood, Ibrahim Ahmed and Goumar Abdoul Jamil, decide to merge their musical careers already rich in experiences (Ibrahim had created the Innor group with the artist Moussa Kildjaté de TisDass and Goumar had been on an international tour for four years with the acclaimed Etran Finatawa) in a new band: Timasniwen. Accompanied by their own family and friends, Ibrahim and Goumar take up their old songs and create some new tracks and in 2018 they release their first studio album: Tikmawen.

Formed by 8 artists, Timasniwen is one of the few Tuareg groups that have women among its members. Their music is characterized by acoustic and electronic guitars, basses, drums and traditional percussion instruments such as ‘djembé’ and ‘tendé’. The valorization of the Tuareg culture and identity is very important for Timasniwen and is very present both in its image and in the shows, where you can hear traditional Tuareg songs mixed with modern rhythms such as rock and blues.

Their first album was recorded at Radio Fidélité Studio in Niamey. The title of the album, Tikmawen, means suffering/distress since the album is a wake-up call about the current situation of the Tuareg people and the lyrics of their 9 tracks talk about union and peace, friendship and love. All wrapped in traditional and modern sounds that transport us to the peaceful nomadic life of the desert. The album was released in August 2018.

 

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Timasniwen (from tamasheq “ⵜⵎⵙⵏⵓⵏ”: north, transhumance, nomadic way of life) is a Tuareg rock band from Niger. The story of the group begins in 2016 in Niamey when two Tuareg artists friends from childhood, Ibrahim Ahmed and Goumar Abdoul Jamil, decide to merge their musical careers already rich in experiences (Ibrahim had created the Innor group with the artist Moussa Kildjat&eac... more
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