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Tinariwen Emmaar.jpg
Studio album by
Released10 February 2014 (2014-02-10)
RecordedApril/May 2013, United States
GenreAfrican blues, world
Length48:59 (61:50 with bonus tracks)
Tinariwen chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
PopMatters8/10 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media(8.1/10) [3]
The Guardian4/5 stars [4]

Emmaar is the sixth album by the Tuareg band Tinariwen, released in 2014.[5] Emmaar is a Tuareg word meaning "the heat on the breeze".[citation needed] It is their first full album not to be recorded in northern Africa.[6]

After Tinariwen's previous album Tassili won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2012,[7] the band was displaced by a Tuareg rebellion in their home region of northern Mali, with Islamist militants abducting guitarist Abdallah Ag Lamida.[8][9] Other members of the band fled to the southwestern United States, writing and recording Emmaar in and around Joshua Tree National Park, which features a desert environment similar to their homeland.[10] The album's lyrics deal primarily with the band's exile and the political strife in their home country, and it includes guest contributions from Josh Klinghoffer, Fats Kaplin, Matt Sweeney, and Saul Williams.[11]

Track listing[edit]

1."Toumast Tincha"4:20
3."Arhegh Danagh"4:03
4."Timadrit In Sahara"3:51
5."Imidiwan Ahi Sigdim"4:51
7."Sendad Eghlalan"4:55
8."Imidiwanin Ahi Tifhamam"4:37
9."Koud Edhaz Emin"4:33
11."Aghregh Medin"4:20
12."Adounia Ti Chidjret"4:18
13."Islegh Taghram Tifhamam"4:21
14."Tin Ihlan"4:06

Note: Tracks 12–14 are bonus tracks in some editions of the album.


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ PopMatters review
  3. ^ Pitchfork review
  4. ^ The Guardian review
  5. ^ "Discography". Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ The Guardian review
  7. ^ "The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  8. ^ "Intidaw, le vocaliste Touareg du célèbre groupe Tinariwen, a été arrêté par le groupe terroriste Ansar Dine". Malijet.com. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  9. ^ Snow, Jon (17 January 2013). "The band from Mali I hugged in Shepherds Bush". Snowblog. Channel 4 News. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Emmaar". AllMusic. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Emmaar". AllMusic. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)