Returning to North America for her most extensive tour yet in support of the forthcoming album, TZENNI (June 20, Glitterbeat), Noura Mint Seymali is Mauritania’s leading musical ambassador.
With a contemporary, full-throttle take on Moorish griot music, the band’s widely acclaimed live performances have quickly captivated audiences, exposing a vital, and seldom encountered space in the African musical topography. Touring with an agile, rock-like formation, Noura’s undeniable vocal power is set aflight by the exploratory sound of her husband Jeiche Ould Chighaly’s mesmerizing psych guitar lines and grounded by a declarative, funk driven rhythm section; Ousmane Touré (bass) & Matthew Tinari (drums).
As iggawen (or griot), Noura Mint Seymali and Jeiche Ould Chighaly come from two of Mauritania’s greatest musical legacies and their current band’s stage presence successfully recasts the frenzy and excitement of traditional weddings and ceremonies in Mauritania. Making a formidable debut on the international stage via performances at events like globalFEST (USA), Festival-au-Desert (Mali), Hayy Festival (Egypt), and Timitar (Morocco), Noura Mint Seymali is quite simply a show not to be missed!