Imidiwan ( “companions”, in Tamashek language ) was born in a voyage. In fall 2010, one of its members, travelled to Western Africa, being Timbuctu, North Mali, his final destiny.
For two months, Xina (synths e sampling) lived in the so called “door of Sahara”, and the people he met, mainly in the Tamashek community, woke up in him the will of wanting to share Mali’s cultural richness. In Timbuctu, he recorded numerous soundscapes, local radios, popular events, spontaneous musical performances, but he also came across music myths as Tinariwen, Bassekou Kouyaté e Khaira Harby. This legacy was the source of inspiration that enabled Gustavo (bass and effects) and Salsa (drums) to mix in their influences, which would ultimately give birth to Imidiwan.
The 17th January 2012 will be remembered throughout History as a day of conflicts between Tuaregs and Mali’s army, leading to a massive exodus of people into neighbor countries. Their debut album, Radio Tamashek EP, is a tribute to all refugees.
In 2017 , Imidiwan releases their second work, Hna Khoût EP ( “all brothers” in Arabic Derija) and the title is not a coincidence. It is synonymous with the mixture of references and cross-styles, and reflects the spirit of brotherhood that guides this project from Lisbon. Celebrating this union, the guests in this album came from several cardinal points under the common sign of the music: Gonçalo Sarmento, Marc Plannells and Alex, all members of the Portuguese band Terrakota, Cape Verdean rapper Chullage, singer Catarina dos Santos , the Senegalese musician Zal Sisshoko, Dj X-acto, Marco Pombinho, and the Brazilians Felipe José and Juninho Ibituruna.
With the release of Hna Khout EP symbolically closes a cycle of two albums that have the same gravitational center in common: the desert, this vast space, without walls and where human diversity converges, in a time where humanity seems to walk , in a frightening way, in the opposite direction.