AFROTRONIX

Niger is West Africa’s largest nation and one of the world’s poorest, but it’s a cultural crossroads where Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations all come together to pump highlife, kora, afrobeat, homegrown Tuareg Blues and Niger’s own unique brand of hip-hop at full volume. Tal National draw on all these influences but produce something altogether different: a high energy mix of joyous vocals, frenetic guitar and thumping rhythms. Self-promoted on their website as “High energy rock & roll from West Africa”,” the group may be Niger’s answer to English-Irish band One Direction. They’ve topped the charts again and again, are regularly featured on national TV, and if you walk along a street in the capital Niamey, you’re sure to hear their tunes blasting out from TVs cranked up to the max, like makeshift boomboxes.

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 TAL NATIONAL

(NIGER)