Tal National

High Energy Rock & Roll from West Africa

Tal National are from Niamey, the capital city of Niger. Their music is joyously hypnotic, a highly unique contribution to West African guitar music. With its lightening fast rhythms and rotating cast of vocalists can be heard the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads along ancient trade routes. Collected within the former French colony can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in Tal National’s members. In the music we hear the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa's Fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg's assouf or "blues,” and the exquisite "griot guitar" of Mali's Songhai, all delivered with virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy.

About their recent album "Zoy Zoy:"

“They are the living embodiment of dizzying swing, masters of tempo control, with a combustible energy that must be electrifying live. Irrepressible in the face of Islamist denouncements of secular music, Tal National place Niger firmly on the international musical map… They have worked themselves into a finely-tuned machine of skill, energy and real intensity…”  - fRoots

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Show Dates & Times:

3/3/18 - Saturday

7:30 pm,
Admission: 

$15/Advance, $18/Door. Available online; or by calling 207-594-0070 (M-F, noon - 4pm); or at the box office when the theater is open for shows. Handling fee applies to online and phone sales.

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