Desert Blues

Tamikrest (ML) + Ba Balance

Thursday December 2
Doors at: 19:00
Concert at: 20:00
Price: 160 DKK incl. fee
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As a consequence of the situation with Coronavirus, Tamikrest has sadly been forced to cancel their Autumn tour. Nonetheless, we are very happy to announce that their concert at ALICE has been moved to a new date – from December 3rd 2020 to December 2nd 2021. We encourage you to keep your ticket for the new date, but a refund is of course possible if you are not able to make it. Please send your request to pr@alicecph.com, at the latest one month before the new date. Stay tuned for updates about ALICE and the Corona virus situation here.


Tamikrest in tamasheq language means junction, connection, knot, coalition. The group members come from different horizons (Mali, Niger, Algeria and France). Wanting to assume fully their Touareg identity, they found in the rebel music Ishumar the means to express it. Since the band had their breakthrough in 2006, they have played all over the world, consolidating themselves as one of the most important desert rock bands these days with names such as Tnariwen and Bombino. 


There’s a raw beauty in Tamikrest’s rock’n’roll. It’s there in the driving, insistent groove that powers the songs, the lean, snaking bass lines and the guitars that twine and twist around the melodies, and the utterly natural musical blending of Sahel Africa, the Maghreb, and the West – a reflection of influences as diverse as Pink Floyd, Rachid Taha, and flamenco. Yet the Sahara, and the people who live there, is always firmly at its heart. On March 27, Tamikrest will put out the brand new album “Tamotaït” – their most powerful album since 2013’s wildly acclaimed “Chatma”. Tamikrest has played at Roskilde Festival and Global, and we’re looking forward to have them back when they play at ALICE.


Said of Tamikrest


“The heaviest desert rock-out yet … Tamikrest’s music blazes with a righteous intensity that is almost scary.”—Songlines (Top Of The World, *****)


“Blazing with a righteous intensity born of the struggle of a people whose nomadic life is under constant threat, “Kidal” sounds like a high tide.”—Uncut (8/10)


Ba Balance


Preben Carlsen plays the guitar and Salieu Dibba percussion and the duo is based in Malmö, Sweden. The music is sometimes simple and bombastic, sometimes complex and refined, but always it’s an expressive journey through variated landscapes. From releasing energy to others touching your bluesy feeling. Preben Carlsen and Salieu Dibba have played together side by side in various bands for more than 15 years. In Ba Balance they are now sharing their passion, experience and knowledge about music in a challenging duo format that allows new experimentations and highlights the dynamic interplay between them. They are releasing their debut album “Around The Crocodile Pond” on May 15th, but this night at ALICE they will reveal new tracks and sell the new record exclusively.