The French label Reaktion, specialising in music of the Sahara, has made these recordings made by the group in 2008 and 2009 available for download.
This is 100% Saharan work: a Tuareg band recorded in their own city by a Tuareg sound engineer. There’s no sign of a Western artistic producer, which is good for authenticity! Here is the true sound of Kidal in the 2000s.
The album is complemented by a 30 page digital booklet (pdf), in French and English, containing translations of the songs, and a text by the American ethno-musicologist Christopher Kirkley, already renowned for his website sahelsounds.com.
"The authenticity comes through on their album, recorded in their hometown with a local engineer. No big-name western remixers or guest artists, just real modern traditional music with powerful lyrics about local affairs that have global echoes."