Like many young Tuareg bands, Tadalat's music is a crossover and is openly enriched by Western influences. The group integrates the drums, which few Tuareg groups have succeeded in doing in the past. The final guitar solo in the track"Taghdart" evokes the best moments of Santana or David Gilmour, while "Ténéré" unashamedly flirts with reggae. Despite this, their music bears the deep imprint of the Sahara and its traditions, as evidenced by "Ayitma" which refers directly to the tindé which are still performed in the bush camps.
These five songs were recorded in May 2011 in Kidal at the mobile studio of Sahara Sounds, a new recording studio founded by the Tuareg sound engineer Abdallah Ag Amano. Abdallah trained in live and studio sound in order to create his own studio in Bamako to record his Tuareg brothers. After producing Amanar's album "Alghafiat" (released in 2010 by Reaktion), Abdallah became Tadalat’s manager and produced this EP. Tamashek groups can now self-produce without the services of Western producers!
By releasing this EP, the French label Reaktion (specialising in the music of the Sahara) aims not only to help Tadalat in developing their career outside Mali, but also to support the great project of Sahara Sounds.