Blog December 3, 2021
Imarhan Release "Tamiditin," Featuring Tinariwen Founding Member Japonais
Iyad Moussa Ben Abderahmane with Japonais, Photo Credit: Marion Chapdelaine
Iyad Moussa Ben Abderahmane with Japonais, Photo Credit: Marion Chapdelaine

Ramping up before their next album comes out in January, Tuareg band Imarhan has just released their latest single, “Tamiditin,” with stirring visual accompaniment. The rolling ballad features Tuareg poet Mohamed Ag Itlale, who was known under the stage name Japonais. A founding member of genre forebears Tinariwen, Japonais died shortly after recording with Imarhan in Aboogi, their new studio.

The song's lyric video, with translation of Japonais’ poetry, was released this week. The drawings were done by Imarhan's Tahar Khaldi.

Imarhan’s bandleader, Iyad Moussa Ben Abderahmane, AKA Sadam, said: “Japonais' passing has left a big void in Tuareg music. It was enough to exist in the same precious time as his poetry and music, but to have recorded with him at Aboogi Studio was so special. He was an exceptional artist and personality. He listened to everyone, never critical, encouraging younger generations because he felt change is important in music. When I met him by chance, it felt like magic. He knew about Imarhan and wanted us to sing his songs because he didn’t have the strength and trusted us to carry his music on. His progressive mind and positive energy will always be part of our community and in our hearts."

Imarhan’s album Aboogi is slated for release on City Slang Records on Jan. 28 and is available for preorder now. The album’s first single, “Achinkad,” was released in October.

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