Aminatu Goumar joined Cape Farewell on the 2007 Art/Science expedition. Taking almost three weeks the expedition crossed the north Atlantic to the extreme frontline of climate change, then sailed south to explore East Greenland’s Blosseville Coast.
Aminatu is musician and singer from the deserts of Africa. Born in Niger, she was raised as a Touareg nomad traveling between Mali, Morocco, Algeria and Niger. She prefers to call herself a Saharian and not attached to one fixed country.
Aminatu now lives in Paris playing guitar, percussion and singing alongside Moussa Ag Keyna with the band Toumast. They take the music of the desert blues in an unexpected and radical direction and their album Ishumar (Identity) is a testimony of years of combat and struggle of the Toureg people. These compelling songs of exile and the nomadic life are driven by looping camel-gait rhythms, stinging electric guitar and gutteral call-and-response vocals. Bold touches in production – strings, sax enhance the funky grooves are punctuated by the beautiful, errie voice of Aminatu.
A Touareg nomad, who has spent his or her whole life amongst the compounds of the Sahara desert, is loath to leave. He follows his camels on the quest to find water, he tends his animals whilst absorbed in song, wrapping their faces in the turban that protects them from the harsh desert sands. But political persecution and drought are destroying this existence and have driven many people from the life they love. Aminatu, like many of her people, understand the vital significance of water and the direct impact global warming is having on their existence – they are close to the land and feel the effects first hand.
Despite the pain and sadness in the songs, there is also a passion for the desert that emerges through the lively rhythm, the vibrant melody and an irresistible pop sensibility.
'The Arcic Poppy Chronicles' by Michèle Noach are to be seen at the Botanical Garden Oxford
Cape Farewell rejoins the Lates with Mastercard at the Science Museum. Join us on Wednesday 24 April, from 6.45-10pm, for a night of entertainment, knowledge and exploration on the topic of 'Climate Science'.
The exhibition ''Our Time in Ice' is still on until 31 May in Brighton and will be accompanied by a talk on Sat, 19th May by Michèle Noach, David Buckland and Chris Wainwright.
An action-reserach project around wild plants and urban space in the heart of East London.
Cynthia Hopkins musical perfromance, 'This Clement World', is showing in New York, Feb 2013.
Cape Farewell is contributing monthly a short film to Creative Time Reports; a dynamic multimedia website featuring artists around the world actively engaging in and commenting on the most pressing issues of our time.
Toumast take the music of the desert blues in an unexpected and radical direction. Their album Ishumar (Identity) is a testimony of years of combat and struggle of the Toureg people.