"Rollicking, dizzying, high-octane grooves with the joie de vivre of afrobeat and highlife." -- Rolling Stone
"It's downright miraculous how the songs mesh: guitar licks, hopscotching bass lines, cymbal offbeats and talking drums all land with microscopic precision and can reconfigure in an instant." -- The New York Times
"The sound of a group without obvious peer... such brazen confidence and ability" -- Wire Magazine
Niamey, Niger band Tal National returns to tour North America this summer supporting their highly lauded third album for FatCat Records, Tantabara. The tour begins in July and will bring the band to Canada for the first time, while also returning to some US cities in which they've blown minds and moved feet previously. Please see current dates below.
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Tal National is a band built on bringing people together. Their home country of Niger is split into a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities -- Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg voices all vie for attention under their national banner, and all are represented in the vast membership of Tal National's ranks. This gives the band's music its own particular mash of ethnomusical touchstones, from the bounce of kora, highlife and afrobeat, to the dusting of Tuareg Blues and the roiling boil of Hausa percussion -- they are truly their country's best cultural emissaries.
In 2013 the band's FatCat debut was released to wide critical acclaim: The NY Times placed it on their year end Top Ten and other publications followed suit -- The Guardian, The Independent, Mojo, Vice, The Wire, and others all sang exuberant praises. NPR, KEXP and WBEZ hosted frenetic live sessions. Two years on, their follow-up only cemented their status, adding shouts from Pitchfork, Afropop Worldwide, FADER, The Quietus and The Boston Globe to the fray. Though with each heaping of praise they all seemed to echo NPR's assessment that "there's no way you won't dance to this one!"
Tantabara is available on LP, CD and download, released February 9th, 2018 via FatCat Records. Orders are available HERE.
TAL NATIONAL TOUR 2019:
07/06 London, ON - Sunfest
07/07 London, ON - Sunfest
07/08 Toronto, ON - The Baby G
07/09 Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
07/11 Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit
07/13 Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
07/14 Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
07/16 Portland, OR - The Jack London
07/17 Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
07/18 Harrison Hot Springs, BC - Harrison Festival
07/20 Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Folk Festival
07/21 Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Folk Festival
07/26-07/28 Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Festival
08/01 New York, NY - Public Records
08/02 Marlboro, NY - Live at The Falcon
08/03 New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
08/04 Portland, ME - Space538
08/06 Hudson, NY - Half Moon presents
08/07 Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts
08/08 Easthampton, MA - New City Brewery
08/09 Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival
08/10 Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival
08/16 Salmon Arm, BC - Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival
08/17 Salmon Arm, BC - Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival