Win FREE Tickets to Tal National @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Sunday
By the time African band Tal National reached international acclaim with their 2013 album Kaani, the band’s first release outside of Niger, they had spent more than a decade crisscrossing their native country, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week, selling their CDs on street corners.
In the process, they became Niger’s most popular band, with songs constantly blasted on national TV and cell phones everywhere. Following the release of Kaani, western audiences and critics quickly embraced the band’s singular and finely-honed sound. National Public Radio was hit by “the band’s tightness and fiery energy”; The Guardian praised “their full-tilt approach and hypnotic intensity”; and Songlines wrote of “a rich, hybrid sound that draws on familiar West African elements to create something rewardingly fresh and different.”
Now Tal National is slated to release the dazzling follow-up album Zoy Zoy on Monday, April 13. But Nippertown fans can get a jump on the band’s newest, intoxicating sound when Tal National makes a tour stop at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Sunday (April 12). Tickets are $10.
BUT WAIT… there’s more. We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the concert to some lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (April 10). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.