Tal National

Small World Music Society presents, in association with Batuki Music Societythe 12th Annual Small World Music Festival opening party!
from Niger, the Toronto debut of
TAL NATIONAL
Thursday, 26 September 2013
entry 8:30 PM | show 9:00 PM
ADVANCE $15 | door $20
 Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St W, Toronto
reserve for dinner to guarantee seating *

Buy-Tickets-Buttonfull album stream: “Kaani”
their first internationally available release drops on Sept. 9 – buy it here.
about Wongharey (first single, released May 2013) – guitarist/bandleader Hamadal Issoufou Moumine (aka Almeida)
“At the beginning of the song we thank God for giving us the opportunity to perform our music and carry a message of peace in our music.
We then sing that 100 years before each area in Niger had its own ethnic language and a famous warrior who fought against colonisation. They fought with the sticks, knife, lance and their ideologies, not with guns.
We thank God that today Niger is a peaceful country. We sing the names of these warriors from the past for the young people who don’t go to school and who would otherwise not know their story.
Tal National also has warriors who help them to promote our music in Niger. Whenever we play our music they are here and we never forget them; dead or alive we carry on their spirit.”
about Tal National
Tal National are from Niamey, the capital city of Niger. With its lightning fast rhythms and rotating cast of vocalists can be heard the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads along ancient trade routes. Collected within the former French colony can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in Tal National’s members. In the music we hear the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa’s Fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg’s assouf or “blues,” and the exquisite “griot guitar” of Mali’s Songhai, all delivered with virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy. …read more

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