Niger’s hugely popular and hardest working trance rockers, Tal National, recently released their second single from their highly anticipated album, Zoy Zoy. The high-tempo track is lead by bandleader and former professional footballer, Hamadal ‘Almeida’ Issoufou Moumine, as he sings about about the Tree of Ténéré – a important cultural landmark that stood alone and resolute in the Ténéré desert. The tree was destroyed some years ago by a truck driver and a metallic sculpture now stands in its place, as a reminder of its important cultural significance to the Tuareg’s salt caravans. The passionate vocals serve as both a reminder and as a telling off. The group’s musical style is is inspired by a mix of Afrobeat, Highlife, Fulani, Hausa, Sonhgai and Tuareg-inspired sounds just to name a few, as can be heard in Zoy Zoy’s first single, Claire.

Tal National are soon to embark on their next international tour – of which the North American dates have been announced.

North American Tour Dates
March 27 Dearborn, MI Arab American National Museum
March 28 London, ON Aeolian Hall
March 29 Toronto, ON Drake Underground
March 31 Elmira, NY Elmira College, Gibson Theatre
April 2 New York, NY Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center
April 3 Marlboro, NY The Falcon
April 4 Hudson, NY Half Moon Hudson
April 7 Burlington, VT Nectar’s
April 8 New Haven, CT Café Nine
April 9 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
April 10 Somerville, MA Johnny D’s
April 11 Portland, ME SPACE Gallery
April 12 Troy, NY Sanctuary For Independent Media
April 15 Ithaca, NY The Haunt
April 17 Washington, DC Tropicalia
April 22 Charlotte, NC Snug Harbor
April 23 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
April 26 Lafayette, LA Festival International de Louisiane
April 28 Austin, TX Sahara Lounge
April 30 Tucson, AZ Solar Culture
May 8 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
May 9 Olympia, WA Olympia Ballroom
May 10 Seattle, WA Barboza