Since I knew that Tinariwen was coming back to Los Angeles, I was determined to shoot this show. I’ve been following this Sahara desert rock band since a while ago. I am dazzled by their strings skills and their Tuareg voices that together feel like nostalgia for far lands with a special vibrancy that can be understood best when you experience them live. The Belasco Theater hosted a wonderful sold out night inviting a multi everything crowd that were there for both The Growlers and Tinariwen.
It was my first time checking out opening band The Growlers and their psychedelic vintage garage surf rock and their audience were pretty knowledgeable of their music. They even covered a Tinariwen song with a Cali feel and had some brief moments of crowd surfers quickly ended by security. Even when there are political conflicts in Mali restraining the freedom of manifesting musically, Tinariwen keeps performing outside their homeland spreding their music coming from the Sahara. They recently recorded in a different desert, Joshua Tree, due to the lack of stability in Mali and are currently promoting their album (in CD and Vinyl), Emmaar produced by the record label Anti. They even had a show a few days after in Pioneer Town, Joshua Tree… I had to miss it but fear not, we can relive those moments today, thanks to social media. For even more photos of this fantastic night at The Belasco, please visit FARAHSTOP the music photography archive.