Photo: Taghlaoui Lahcen


TARWA N-TINIRI –  a group of six musicians and their Desert Blues sound have given the band from ­Ouarzazate, Morocco increasing fans all over the world. The Desert Blues genre has a growing ­music interest across the globe. The iconic artists of Tinariwen have inspired the band.

The band started their musical journey together in 2012, first with a homemade guitar called Lohtar. Ever since they have participated in festivals throughout Morocco and shared their passion and love for making and performing music together. They debuted internationally in festival Transform in Norway during 2018, and later France in 2019.

They started to write their songs, fueled by a mutual interest for Desert Blues. They worked hard on their debut album, and knew the time was right to bring back the music and culture an international audience. Thanks to “Simon and Greg record the world” Tarwa N-Tiniri has now released their debut album titled “Azizdeg”. Simon Walls and Greg Bonnier two Canadian guys travelled to Morocco and Ouarzazate and rigged into their garage and recorded the album. Some months later the album was released by Atty Records, Canada.

Some of the songs in the debut album Azizdeg” are written by Amazigh poets. The lyrics are often about the social conditions of the nomadic people, but also love, friendship and peace. The band worked hard to save money, so they could be able to realize their first music video on Youtube in 2017. The song is titled “Taryet”, which is until now their most watch video on Youtube. The band made another musicvideo titled “Ansuf” which is one of the songs in the debut album.

The band choose to lean into a more comprehensive array of sounds and styles, to convey a wider variety of emotions and topics, by choosing more traditional Amazigh instruments in their music. For the first time, they added banjo, and some other traditional percussion, something you will hear it in the debut album. Tarwa N-Tiniri is the first band in Morocco implementing banjo into desert blues genre. They try to show more of their culture and traditional music in the southeast of Morocco to the world.

Hope you will enjoy their music as much as they enjoyed making it.

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Tarwa N-Tiniri will follow up for a new song titled “Ifaw Ulneɣ” and a music video. To raise funds for this project, we need to ask for help making this music video a reality. 

We hope it is possible to raise 2000 USD for the creation of this video. All funding will go towards producers, mixing, mastering, camera, food, and transport to filming sets. The goal is to have the funding within as soon as possible.

A video usually will cost twice as much to make, but the caliber of talented staff around us has agreed to join us for half of the price. It is a testament to how much they believe in the project and the importance of music in these challenging times. It’s not slipped our mind that COVID-19 has made this funding a big ask. Music-making and finances inhabit new contexts for us all, but we do not doubt that this project and the team of creators will make a music video that’s worth it successfully. 

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