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Tal National

8:30 pm, Wednesday October 09 | $8 advance, $10 day of show.
Goodfoot Lounge
2845 SE Stark St.

[AFRICAN GUITAR POP] “Tal National is not just another band from Niger,” reads the press release for this 13-piece Afropop ensemble, as if bands from that troubled African nation are just flooding the marketplace here in the States. But Kaani, the group's fourth album, does stand out from the albums by other artists in neighboring countries that have recently managed to cross over internationally. Drawing upon several different Saharan musical cultures, the band doesn't feel tied to any particular tradition, instead weaving together sounds from across the region to form a rich, lush tapestry. Those spindly, hypnotic desert-blues guitars, made familiar to American ears by Mali's Tinariwen and Bombino, are underpinned by jumpy, frenetic rhythms less trancelike than twitch-inducing. The outfit is known to play for up to five hours at a time back home in Niamey, the Niger capital, so rest up now.

Where: Goodfoot Lounge
Phone: 503-239-9292
Address: 2845 SE Stark St.
Website: www.thegoodfoot.com


Goodfoot Lounge

2845 SE Stark St.
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