North American July/August 2019 Tour Announce

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“Rollicking, dizzying, high-octane grooves with the joie de vivre of afrobeat and highlife.”— Rolling Stone

“It’s downright miraculous how the songs mesh: guitar licks, hopscotching bass lines, cymbal offbeats and talking drums all land with microscopic precision and can reconfigure in an instant.”— The New York Times

“The sound of a group without obvious peer… such brazen confidence and ability”— Wire Magazine

Niamey, Niger band Tal National returns to tour North America this summer supporting their highly lauded third album for FatCat Records, Tantabara. The tour begins in July and will bring the band to Canada for the first time, while also returning to some US cities in which they’ve blown minds and moved feet previously. 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.

In 2013 the band’s FatCat debut was released to wide critical acclaim: The NY Times placed it on their year end Top Ten and other publications followed suit —The Guardian, The Independent, Mojo, Vice, The Wire, and others all sang exuberant praises. NPR, KEXP and WBEZ hosted frenetic live sessions. Two years on, their follow-up only cemented their status, adding shouts from Pitchfork, Afropop Worldwide, FADER, The Quietus and The Boston Globe to the fray. Though with each heaping of praise they all seemed to echo NPR‘s assessment that “there’s no way you won’t dance to this one!”

July 06 London, ON – Sunfest

July 07 London, ON – Sunfest

July 08 Toronto, ON – The Baby G

July 09 Detroit, MI – Trinosophes

July 11 Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit 

July 13 Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival

July 14 Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival

July 16 Portland, OR – The Jack London

July 17 Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge

July 18 Harrison Hot Springs, BC – Harrison Festival

July 20 Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Folk Festival

July 21 Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Folk Festival

July 26-July/28 Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Festival

August 01 New York, NY – Public Records

August 02 Marlboro, NY – Live at The Falcon

August 03 New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine

August 04 Portland, ME – Space538

August 06 Hudson, NY – Half Moon presents

August 07 Boston, MA – Museum of Fine Arts

August 08 East Hampton, MA – New City Brewery

August 09 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Folk Festival

August 10 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Folk Festival

August 16 Salmon Arm, BC – Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

August 17 Salmon Arm, BC – Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival