Taksera (which in Tamashek means 'a celebration with music') is a rough and ready live album that is sure to give jolt to Tuareg-rock group Tamikrest's already heady reputation.
Recorded on a summer festival stage during their 2014 "Chatma" tour, the album vividly showcases the visceral and improvisational power of the band. The hypnotic grooves of the songs are blissfully extended, and the band's signature drive and electric guitar telepathy are pushed up front and center. Taksera was engineered and mixed by Jean-Paul Romann, who has produced seminal albums by Tuareg music legends Tinariwen and Terakaft. The album was recorded at the Burg Herzberg Festival in Alsfeld, Germany on August 1, 2014. Taksera is in every way the celebration that the album title promises. It energetically underlines Tamikrest's unique cultural mission and their commitment to explore new possibilities for Tuareg music. It shows a band full of hard-earned confidence and swagger; a band in love with turning up their amps and letting it rip. Tamikrest started in sturdy, rousing form and kept up the attack, only easing off for a gentle, acoustic guitar section towards the end. The desert blues has a new lease of life. The Guardian (UK) This is desert blues that fans of Can and Pink Floyd can sink their teeth into. MOJO