Review: Terakaft at The Cedar 3/11/13

Terakaft at The Cedar

With fleet-fingered prowess that would make Swedish Metal virtuosos run in terror, the two men that make up the touring arm of Terakaft are very modestly some of the best guitarists I have ever seen. Aging lion Liya Ag Ablil, who performs under the name Diara, is the group’s rhythm guitarist and founder, and is joined by his nephew Sanou Ag Ahmed, who acts as the group’s utility man and alternated between guitar, percussion and vocals. Diara is well known internationally as a founding member of legendary African Rock pioneers Tinariwen, and while the years have weathered his skin like well-worn leather, he is still every bit a rock star. Like a Tuareg Keith Richards, the journeyman musician had an arsenal of effortless guitar licks at his disposal and, even more like Keith, a toothy pirate’s grin for women of the crowd.

With fleet-fingered prowess that would make Swedish Metal virtuosos run in terror, the two men that make up the touring arm of Terakaft are very modestly some of the best guitarists I have ever seen. Aging lion Liya Ag Ablil, who performs under the name Diara, is the group’s rhythm guitarist and founder, and is joined by his nephew Sanou Ag Ahmed, who acts as the group’s utility man and alternated between guitar, percussion and vocals. Diara is well known internationally as a founding member of legendary African Rock pioneers Tinariwen, and while the years have weathered his skin like well-worn leather, he is still every bit a rock star. Like a Tuareg Keith Richards, the journeyman musician had an arsenal of effortless guitar licks at his disposal and, even more like Keith, a toothy pirate’s grin for women of the crowd.

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