Nigerien band Les Filles de Illighadad have arrived in Europe for their debut tour across the EU. The four-piece, all hailing from the village of Illighadad in the Abalak region, plays a combination of tende and guitar music.
Les Filles de Illighadad differs from the multitude of guitar bands and tende troupes. Guitarist Fatou Seidi Ghali, one of only two female guitarists in Niger, leads the troupe with songs adopted from the tende repertoire – making them one of the few groups to pursue this path. After 30-some years of ishumar guitar, it’s a curious and exciting development.
The full dates of the remaining showcases are as below:
- 03.11: Kasseten Festival, Uddevalla, Sweden
- 04.11: Annans Musik, Norrkoping, Sweden
- 05.11: Globalcph, Copenhaggen, Denmark
- 09.11: Vroom, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- 10.11: Ekko, Utrecht, Netherlands
- 11.11: Chamber Music Hall, Utrecht, Netherlands
- 12.11: Le Guess who, Utrecht, Netherlands
- 15.11: El Lokal, Zurich, Switzerland
- 16.11: Le Bourg, Laussane, Switzerland,
- 17.11: Café Mokka, Thun, Switzerland
- 25.11: Weekend Festival, Cologne, Germany
- 26.11: Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium
This article was first published on Sahel Sounds