Niamey, Niger band Tal National have announced the forthcoming release of their third album for FatCat Records, Tantabara.
Tal National once again return to North America in late February, touring in support of the album. Please see current dates below.
Tal National is a band built on bringing people together. Their home country of Niger is split into a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities — Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg voices all vie for attention under their national banner, and all are represented in the vast membership of Tal National’s ranks. This gives the band’s music its own particular mash of ethnomusical touchstones, from the bounce of kora, highlife and afrobeat, to the dusting of Tuareg Blues and the roiling boil of Hausa percussion — they are truly their country’s best cultural emissaries.
Gearing up for their third album for FatCat, Tal National look back on a fertile period spent honing their sound and touring the U.S. several times — leaving audiences sweaty and stunned time after time. They’ve laid down incredible sets at WOMAD and Roskilde, bringing the same intensity and jubilance to the festival set as they would a crammed club, converting the staunchest wallflower into a dancer for the night. At their core, that’s Tal National’s intent, to make the people dance. Performances at their Niamey nightclub (yes, they operate their own nightclub) are regularly raucous five-hour non-stop dance parties for 300 people a night. With Tantabara the band continues their ongoing quest to translate that energy to tape, bottling the party for personal use.
Tantabara will be available on LP, CD and download on February 9, 2018 via FatCat Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.
TAL NATIONAL TOUR:
02/22 Marlboro, NY @ The Falcon
02/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefiend
02/24 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
02/25 Portland, ME @ Space Gallery
02/27 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
03/03 Rockland, ME @ The Strand Theatre
03/17 Baltimore, MD @ Creative Alliance
03/18 Charleston, WV @ Mountain Stage
03/23 Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival
03/24 Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar