“…"The first thing for me with the electric guitar, and it’s probably true for the Tuareg people, is the power of the sound,” Ahmed said. “I understood at once how far the sound of a guitar could go throughout the desert.”
Ablil and Ahmed realized how that sound could transform customary Tuareg instrumental roles.
“This style of guitar is called ‘assouf,’ and it means nostalgia,” Ablil said. “It’s a mix of modern new discoveries with the guitar and more ancient ways of playing the instrument. The ancient music is called 'tinde.’ It’s traditionally played by women and it’s played with percussion. We’ve taken that rhythmic information and brought it out on guitar.”
Ahmed adds that Terakaft adapt other older Tuareg instruments and musical ideas they’ve heard during their journeys across North Africa.
“We’ve brought the imzad (a kind of Tuareg violin) to our modern music,” Ahmed said. “Some of our musical phrases sometimes have a more Arabic or Andalusian origin than Tuareg. We have been traveling throughout Algeria and Libya, so their music has an influence on what we play…”
When: 8 p.m., Saturday
Where: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.