Andy Gill

Critic

UK

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic

One People One World

Date: 23 Feb 2018 Category: Music
6.0 Rating
It’s always been hard to translate the irresistible propulsion of Femi Kuti’s live shows into a comparably effective studio realisation, but with One People One World he makes a decent stab. This apple, clearly, has not fallen far from the tree: the staccato keyboard, Afrobeat percussion, massed horns and choruses of tracks like “Africa Will Be Great Again”, “Dem Militarize Democracy” and “Dem Don Come Again” follow the approach p ...

Elwan

Date: 10 Feb 2017 Category: Music
10.0 Rating
Sometimes, events conspire in ways which dwarf the largely adolescent concerns of rock and pop. Take the plight of Tuareg desert-rockers Tinariwen, acclaimed cultural ambassadors currently unable to reside in their beloved Tenere (homeland) due to the Salafist insurgency ultimately caused by Western adventurism in Libya. Elwan (Elephants), perhaps their most powerful album since Amassakoul, confronts their situation head-on, in songs musing on th ...

Kidal

Date: 17 Mar 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Though named after their Malian hometown depicted with such grim accuracy on the sleeve, Kidal represents Tamikrest’s most outgoing album so far. Ousmane Ag Mossa’s songs may focus as tightly as ever on the problems faced by the Tuareg, but there’s now a powerful backbeat adding a sturdy rock undercarriage to tracks like “War Tila Eridaran” and “Adoutat Salilagh”. Opener “Mawarniha Tartit” starts the album in traditional manner, ...

Résistance

Date: 16 Jun 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Perhaps reflecting the three years spent touring after their marvellous Music In Exile album, the excellent Resistance finds Malian desert-rockers Songhoy Blues forging firmer bonds between their native modes and Western styles. Opening track “Voter”, for example, yokes the nimble itchiness of their soukous-style guitars to a powerful rock riff, whilst the tribute to their homeland capital “Bamako” blends a Staple Singers guitar figure wi ...