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Toubouk Ine Chihoussay

by Etran de L'Aïr

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Etran de L'Aïr is one of the most respected bands in Agadez, the capital city of the Saharan guitar scene. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class. This changes in Fall 2021, as the band heads to Europe for their first-ever tour, including appearances at Le Guess Who and Festival Face Z. 

In honor of the tour, Etran de L'Aïr has released the single "Toubouk Ine Chihoussay." Written by bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist Moussa "Abindi" Ibra, "Toubouk Ine Chihoussay" is Etran de L'Aïr's first internationally released studio recording, following 2018's live album No. 1 (named album of the year by The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich) and 2020's cellphone-recorded Music from Saharan WhatsApp 01 EP.

Translated to "Stars of Agadez," Etran de L'Aïr is one of the longest-running wedding bands in a city renowned for guitar. Constantly performing at outdoor weddings, both in the city and the surrounding countryside, Etran plays exhaustive concerts, late into the night. Even for a guitar band, they push the instrument to the extreme, with three guitars playing simultaneously, soloing over one another, creating a dreamy cacophony of sound.

Etran de L'Air European tour dates

05.11 Tollered SE Smedjan
06.11 Gothenburg, SE Folkteatern @ Clandestino
07.11 Borås, SE Bibliotek
08.11 Malmo, SE Plan B
09.11 Copenhagen, DK Musikhuset
10.11 Aalborg, DK Studenterhuset
11.11 Odense, DKResonator
13.11 Utrecht, NLLe Guess Who
14.11 Leiden, NLDe X
15.11 Amsterdam, NLOccii
16.11 Brussels, BELes Ateliers Claus
17.11 Paris, FR Instants Chavirés
18.11 Antwerp, BEHet Bos
19.11 Eeklo, BE N9
20.11 Cologne, DEJaki Stadtgarten
21.11 Offenbach, DEHafen2
23.11 Lyon, FRGrrrnd Zero
24.11 Dijon, FR Les Lentillères
25.11 Nantes, FR Le Lieu Unique
28.11 Prague, CZMeet Factory
29.11 Innsbruck, AT Treibhaus
01.12 Rosans, FR Des Oreilles aux Orteils
02.12 Marseille, FRL'Embobineuse
03.12 Geneve, CH Face Z Festival
04.12 St.Gallen, CHPalace
05.12 Basel, CH Kaserne
06.12 Zurich, CH Moods
07.12 Düdingen, CHBad Bonn


"Toubouk Ine Chihoussay" lyrics

Mon amour, mon amour,
La fleur de beauté, le choix de mon cœur.
Tu es loin de mes yeux, mais très proche de mon coeur

My love, my love
The flower of beauty, my heart’s choice
You are far from my eyes, but very close to my heart


released September 30, 2021
Lyrics and music by Moussa Ibrah
Lyric Translation by Ali Tajoussir Ahmed & Christopher Kirkley

Moussa “Abindi” Ibra - Guitar, Vocals
Abdourahamane “Allamine” Ibrahim - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Abdoulaye “Illa” Ibrahim - Bass
Mahmoud “Achkouskous” Ahmed Jabre - Drums
Idrissa “Bouzou” Amouman, Abdourhamane “Lallou” Almoustapaha Bilal - Djembe

Recorded & Arranged by Michael Coltun
Mixed by Seth Manchester, Machines with Magnets
Mastered by Amy Dragon, Telegraph Mastering


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