Tinariwen – Iswegh Attay

 

Let’s learn how to make tea. Imagine a group of nomads sitting by the fire, a camera crew, a lot of orange colouring and one man making tea. Pure relaxation is what it is. Let me introduce you to Touareg desert blues. Now, though this video is perhaps not technically difficult or experimentalist or waaaay out-of-the-box, it does have one main ingredient: Respect. Respect for earth, fire and water (apparently, wind wasn’t invited). Respect for all those little rituals we have. You definitely have one as well. That one small ritual you carry out with the utmost precision, because … Well, who knows why? Just because you’ve come to consider it as holy ground. Like, the way in which you make a cup of coffee in the morning, or the way you eat your favourite chocolate cake til the last crumble left on your plate, or, if you’re like me, the way you do the dishes to unite with your inner Zen. Or the way you roll a cigarette with full-on concentration to make it this week’s most perfect sample. Can be anything really. Cause, yes, this song may not be in your native tongue (that’s why subs exist), but you do understand the universal micro-feeling inherent to seemingly unimportant acts such as this one. Cause the video shows you, really shows you, reminds you that you do it too.  And come on, how often do you find such professional technological studio appliances in the middle of nowhere? Or perhaps it’s really just the colouring that does the trick. Or the “gathering around the fire to make music”-thingy. Either way, if you wanna enjoy a fun (tea) party, this is how to go about it.

 

Director of MV: AntiRecords

 

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