Split Works presents: TINARIWEN CHINA TOUR

Still champions of the genre they created.”– The Guardian

“As a band, no one lays down a heavier groove right now.” – Q Magazine

The soul of the Sahara.

TINARIWEN are a revelation. Both a dream and a nightmare for those of us trying to describe what makes them special.  A dream because their tale is indeed epic – rebellion, guns and guitars, desert nomads, the real Saharan blues –easy nuggets of gold to thrill-seeking journalists and music prospectors. A nightmare because none of these clichés really do the band justice.

TINARIWEN are a revelation. Among their fans: Robert Plant, Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, Chris Martin. Their desert blues is the spirit of all music: a bridge between worlds, between cultures, between peoples. Electrifying and singular. Distinctive like no other live band.

We’re excited beyond words to bring TINARIWEN to China for two extraordinary shows. November 15 in Shanghai at the Bandai Namco Shanghai Base,  and November 16 inBeijing at Gewara Tango LIVE 3F.

TINARIWEN’s tale is the stuff of rock’n’roll dreams, bursting with myth and mythos. Founding member Ibrahim Ag Alhabib grew up in desolation in Mali, where he witnessed his own father’s death at the age of four. Later, after seeing a western film, he built his first guitar from a bicycle wire, a stick and a tin can.

The band was founded in the 1980’s in Tuareg camps in Libya, where the nomadic peoples had relocated to find work and a new life away from their homeland of the Sahara. This interaction with city life yielded unexpected consequences, they became exposed to Western music – most notably the guitar-driven anthems of Jimi Hendrix and the American Blues – which they mixed with their own soulful dirges which they’d perform in the camps by the fire with battery-operated amps.

When revolution broke out back in Mali, they left Libya behind, hung up their guitars and picked up guns to fight for the Tuareg independence. When the discord died down, the band returned to music, delivering songs imbued with aching beauty and lonesome poetry. Their music was bootlegged and traded around the region, earning them a devout following. Then in the late 1990s, they were discovered by Western musicians and for the first time, their songs left the Sahara and were introduced to the world. For the next ten years, the nomads now traveled the world, performing at nearly every notable festival and venue around the globe, providing the world with a vivid, evocative picture of the dunes of western Africa.

November 15 in Shanghai at the Bandai Namco Shanghai Base,  and November 16 inBeijing at Gewara Tango LIVE 3F. TINARIWEN are a triumphant encounter – don’t miss this.

Split Works Presents: TINARIWEN

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Wednesday, November 15, 8pm
Venue: BANDAI NAMCO Shanghai Base DREAM HALL(万代南梦宫上海文化中心梦想剧场)
Address: 1/F, 179 Yichang Road, Putuo District(普陀区宜昌路179号一楼)
Tickets: 260(Presale) / 300(Door)
* Pre-sales end on 12 noon, Nov.15th, 2017
Tickets once sold cannot be refunded!

Thursday, November 16, 8pm
Venue: GEWARA TANGO LIVE 3rd Floor(格瓦拉生活 – 糖果LIVE 三层)
Address: 3/F, 79 HepingliXijie, DongchengDistrict(东城区和平里西街79号)
Tickets: 260(Presale) / 300(Door)
* Pre-sales end on 12 noon, Nov.16th, 2017
Tickets once sold cannot be refunded!


Split Works official website:www.spli-t.com

TINARIWEN’s official website: www.tinariwen.com

About Split Works:
Split Works has been rocking in the free (ish) world since 2006. Working with inspirational artists from across the globe, the good people at Split Works HQ have been a key contributor to the continued rise of China’s music scene.
Split Works has launched five music festivals and promoted over 400 tours to 30 Chinese cities, always striving to stay true to a familiar refrain: the music has to be special, every single time. From Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Sonic Youth, from Thee Oh Sees to Mac Demarco and Shabazz Palaces, from Black Rabbit to JUE and Wooozy to Echo Park and More Music. We love music, we love China and we love you.

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