Tal National

Tal National


Tal National are from Niamey, the capital of the land locked West African country of Niger. The band formed in 2000, starting first as a hobby for 3 friends, and by 2009 established themselves as the most popular and successful band in Niger. Other Nigerien bands have made a bigger splash outside of Niger (ie Bombino), but within the borders of home – Tal National are the superstars.

In this joyously hypnotic, highly unique contribution to West African guitar music, with its lightening fast rhythms and rotating cast of vocalists, can be heard the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads along ancient trade routes. Collected within the former French colony can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in Tal National’s members. In the music we hear the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa’s Fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg’s assouf or “blues,” and the exquisite “griot guitar” of Mali’s Songhai, all delivered with virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy.

On stage Tal National perform with six musicians, but because of their rigorous performance schedule there might be up to thirteen members at any one time. At shows, musicians regularly change places midway through songs (including the amazing sight of drummers swapping without missing a beat). On some nights the band might split up to play two gigs simultaneously. With the large cast of players, it’s easier to compare the band to a sports team than anything else. Their concert material combines original songs with new arrangements of West African folk songs, themes of which deal with love, tolerance, peace, feminine beauty, and the woman’s physical dance expression based on traditional African rhythms.

Their discography starts with their first album Apokte in 2006. Due to rudimentary sound quality, the album couldn’t compete with successful artists on radio. Understanding the need to improve their sound quality as being crucial to finding success, they recruited audio engineer Jamie Carter from Chicago USA. They flew him to Niamey for a recording session and the result was the hugely popular “A-Na Waya” in 2009. This album firmly established Tal National as the premier band in Niamey.

In January 2011 the band brought Carter back to Niamey to record what would become ‘Kaani’. Continuing the trend, ‘Kaani’ was hugely successful in Niger when it was released in 2012. With that album the band caught the attention of acclaimed independent record label FatCat Records. The band signed on and FatCat released Kaani internationally in 2013. Tal National toured the USA in 2013 to support the release of Kaani.

The next international album ‘Zoy Zoy’ was released in 2015 (again by FatCat Records) . Two USA tours followed, as well as tours of the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Switzerland and Denmark.

Tal National’s most recent album “Tantabara” was released internationally in 2018. Touring in support of this album included performances in the USA, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK.

With all three international releases, music critics have been impressed by the vibrancy and originality of Tal National. The band was included in a New York Times “10 Best Albums of 2013” list, and were featured on the cover of the prominent UK music magazine fRoots in the November 2015 issue. Touring highlights have included performances at the WOMAD UK festival (twice), Roskilde (Denmark), Big Ears (USA), Welcome to the Village (Netherlands) and Wickerman (Scotland).

Southwind Social Club

The Southwind Social Club are an eclectic collective of musicians that combine traditional genres of music with contemporary rhythms and melodies to ignite social awareness and change in the world. A fusion band with a wide range of fused views

Forming in 2017, SWSC started the collective by playing out and welcoming different musicians to participate in the beauty of jamming. Members Kris Brewer and George Caceres were the pioneers of the movement to start the collective. In fall of 2017 SWSC performed at Arch street collective music hall for the locals of Greenwich, CT. Performing with many locals, that’s how Kris and George realized the amounts of musicians that are in Connecticut. So they formed The Southwind Social Club. Taking roots from past groups such as Funk Brothers, The JBs, Parliament, Buena Vista Social Club and more. In May of 2018 SWSC performs with Jahan Nostra at the Gramercy theatre for “Embrace The Rain” event. SWSC also headlines performance at ArtEast in Bridgeport,CT. Performing with one of the worlds strongest activists Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and also one of operas leading singers doc Tiffany Jackson aka Necessary Diva. In December of 2018 SWSC performs as a house band at the famous Ashford and Simpson, Sugar Bar, in NYC owned by legendary singers. Performing a wide range of music for a Christmas event. SWSC shared the stage with singers Jahan Nostra, Bryan Joon, TY Harrell, Ebony Moore and Niko

In May 18 SWSC performs at Bridgeport Haitian Festival.

SWSC has proven to the world that there are still musicians out there. Every show SWSC performs in, they bring out culture!

Representing true pride of their heritages while uniting and awakening the world through music!!

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