Trance inducing music from Northern Mali. Griot Agali Ag Amoumine and his group Tallawit Timbouctou are champions of Takamba, a hypnotic traditional rhythm that dominates communities along the Niger bend. Droning distortion comes from the signature handmade mics and blown out amplifiers, accompanied by percussion from an overturned calabash with mind boggling time signatures. Recorded at home in Timbouctou, “Hali Diallo” is a non-stop recording, with tracks blending seamlessly into one another. Unfiltered and as it is meant to be heard, Tallawit Timbouctou is a shining example of one of the last great takamba bands.