Kader Tarhanine

Algeria, Mali

The masterful guitarist and golden voice of the Sahara returns to Sfinks Mixed!

Kader Tarhanine, the jewel of modern Tuareg music, is the artist most listened to by young people in the Sahara. He embodies novelty, youthfulness and natural talent. He rose to fame in 2012 with the song ‘Tarhanine Tegla’ or ‘My love is gone’.

Kader has Malian parents, was born in Niger and grew up in southern Algeria. He is inspired by the rich repertoire of this Sahel-Saharan region where his roots lie.
Mixing traditional rhythms with rock influences with lyrics inspired by Sahel poetry and Arabic poetry, Kader’s music is sung by Tuaregs all over the world. In 2018 his last album was recorded ‘Ikewane’ (‘Roots’) in Salif Keita’s Moffou studio in Bamako. Ikewane is a hymn to love, unity and peace. It is also a call against clandestine emigration and advocates for the development of the Sahara. His collaborations on stage orin the studio with some of Mali’s
top artists, such as Fatoumata Diawara and Sidiki Diabaté, have made him an ambassador of peace (through music) between the northern and southern regions of Mali, long torn by political and ethnic conflicts.

He brings his stories about love, the desert, exile and peace with a beautiful voice that is supported by groovy rhythms. With his 5 musicians he already conquered most of the Sahara countries and part of the Maghreb, and also Boechout when he played here in 2018!