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Terakaft is a group of Tuareg guitarists, in the same vein as Tinariwen. There’s nothing astonishing about the similarity, if you consider that Terakaft was founded by Kedou and is now led by Diara, both of whom were formative members of Tinariwen. Kedou,a celebrity in his own land thanks to his part in the history of the rebellion and also to his songs, founded Terakaft in 2001 with a very young Sanou. Later, they teamed up with Diara, one of the more exciting guitarist of Tinariwen, who is also Sanou’s uncle. Diara was also the brother of Intiyeden, who died in 1994, and who was also a co-founder of Tinariwen with Ibrahim Abaraybone. After performing on Terakaft’s first two albums (Bismilla in 2007 and Akh Issudar in 2008), Kedou has left the band, which is now led by Diara and supported by three young musicians: Sanou (guitars, vocals), Abdallah (bass, guitars, vocals) and Mahamad (percussions, vocals).
Liya Ag Ablil (aka Diara): guitars, vocals
Diara, a Tinariwen guitarist at its formation in 1982, is the real master of rythm guitar in the band. His style is more “rock’n’roll” than the others and his songs are sometimes real pop songs with lyrics talking about madness and freedom. Like others from Tinariwen, he went to Lybia to train in the Khadafi camps in the early 80’s. Ten years afterwards, he took part in the two first African albums of Tinariwen (Abidjan in 1992 and Bamako in 1993) but missed the Tinariwen international “rendez-vous” in 2001. Diara joined Terakaft in January 2007. He is today the leader of the band, with his two nephews who were taught the guitar by him. Diara is 49 years old. He is both wise and wild. A deep soul in a rythm guitar.