Imarhan - Aboogi
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2022 Ratings: #56 / 316
User Score
Based on 97 ratings
2022 Ratings: #116
Liked by 5 people
January 28, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
City Slang / Label
Tishoumaren / Genres
Sign In to rate and review



Desert rock’s Imarhan have always been strongest for their subtleties, and never more so than on the immaculately crafted tracks of Aboogi.


As a result of being able to work on home turf, on their own clock, it's more relaxed and airy than the preceding Temet, with the focus on acoustic instruments, goatskin percussion and massed vocals chants.


Imarhan's 11 songs come wrapped in a soundscape; a surround-sound version would have the guitars and vocals central, but dust devils and translucent scorpions in the corners of your room, a sweet tea bubbling away and, after dark, the shuffling of a hyena behind the settee.

Loud and Quiet

There’s an elevating sense of community embedded in the record, providing an overarching cohesion across its duration.

Beats Per Minute

The music feels traditional, yet modern and accessible. There is a bluesy reference throughout.


I learned a fair bit about the Tuareg people and tishoumaren music during my music around the world course last semester, and though I found it fascinating, it never clicked for me because of the cultural disconnect. That is until now. ‘Aboogi’ is great, and I’m hoping it opens doors for me to dig further into the genre.


Imarhan are back after nearly four years since their last release, this seems like the perfect time for a new album given the resurgence of Tishoumaren!

I'll be honest and say that I don't fully understand why Tishoumaren has been embraced by western critics and the NPR Crowd as of late, I tried to research for any reasoning behind this seemingly random appreciation of a genre of Western African music and found very little. I'm definitely not complaining though, especially as we've gotten some ... read more


Achinkad • 6.6
Derhan • 7
Temet • 7
Tindjatan • 7
Asof • 7
Assossam • 7.3
Taghadart • 6.7
Laouni • 7
Imaslan N'Assouf • 6.5
Tamiditin • 6
Adar Newlan • 7

Purchasing Aboogi from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Contributions By
anztec, bgod

Added on: October 15, 2021