Les Filles de Illighadad
Country Blues touareg
- Amphi de l’Opéra
- 1 hour 30 minutes
The group comes from Illighadad, a remote village in Niger situated between the bush and the desert. Les Filles are three women who have not only challenged male standards but who, in the space of just a few years, have breathed new life into Tuareg music. Since the introduction of the electric guitar, brought in from Libya and Algeria in the 1970s, Tuareg music has moved away from its rural roots - and the Tendé - towards a more urban sound, where the electric guitar often replaces human voices.
Fatou Seidi Ghali, who taught herself to play her brother’s guitar, has clearly listened to these guitarists - from Tinariwen to Bombino and Mdou Moctar - but the group also draws on the traditions of the Tendé and women’s songs. They have replaced the drums with traditional percussion and use the rich vocal harmonies of their grandmothers while keeping the experimental aspect and electrification of the new Tuareg groups.
Fatou Seidi Gali : guitar, lead vocals
Alamnou Akirwini : vocals, percussion
Fitimata Ahmadelher : vocals, percussion
Abdoulaye Madassane : guitar