Wednesday, December 12, 2007

World music and British weather

Off to see Tinariwen tonight. Was talking to somebody in Mali who coordinates their travel and apparently they really do live in tents in the desert north of the country. If you want to get in touch with them you have to leave messages at the nearest community of any size and hope that they drop in for supplies. Walked to the Albert Hall from Islington last night and for the first time this year it was properly, seasonally cold. What it feels like for a member of Tinariwen I can't imagine. Reminds me of the first time the Wailers came to Britain. They saw snow for the first time while playing in Leeds and decided to go home.


  1. Anonymous12:32 pm

    Are you quite sure they didn't see 1970s Leeds and decide to go home?

  2. They've come up in the world. I saw them a couple of years ago at Colchester Arts Centre in front of about 80 people.

    Hope it was a good night.