Amankor / The Exile
Tuareg songs
from Mali



Jämaja church, Saaremaa

Johannese passioon 2024
January 19, 2024
Entrée Festive
May 9, 2024

Festival Orient presents:
June 21st, 2024 at 7 pm
Jämaja church, Kingdom of Torgu, Saaremaa island, Estonia
Ensemble TARTIT
Traditional songs and dances by Tuareg women from Timbuktu, Mali


Tartit is one of the leading groups on the Tuareg music scene, and one of the only groups with a majority of women. Tartit has been promoting Tuareg music, culture and women for nearly 30 years. This group from Timbuktu was formed in exile between the Mauritanian and Burkinabe refugee camps in 1995. All its members are from the Timbuktu region, specifically the Goundam cercle. The group has a single aim: to sing about exile, love, peace and the political condition of the Tuareg people. Tartit was created to safeguard traditional Tuareg music, which was slowly disappearing. Tartit’s concerts are an invitation to travel to the desert. Inviting and almost hypnotic, this music inevitably leads you into the mystical world of the Kel Tamasheq (a people who speak Tamasheq, the language of the Tuareg). The magic of the performance is enhanced by the beauty of the traditional dresses and authentic instruments. The songs are made up of traditional and modern melodies. Women’s voices, youyou, clapping and dancing, the Magic of Tartit will take your audience on an unforgettable journey. They will present their latest programme – Amankor / The Exile, as well as more traditional songs from their rich repertoire. The ensemble of five women will be accompanied by a guitarist and their emblematic Teherdent player.

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