Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Klinghoffer records with African band

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has teamed up with African rockers Tinariwen for two unlikely collaborations, despite struggling to communicate due to language barriers.

Crossing Boundaries: Tinariwen (photo by Thomas Dorn)

Crossing Boundaries: Tinariwen (photo by Thomas Dorn)

The Tuareg band members relocated to a house in the Californian desert to record the follow-up to their 2011 album, Tassili, due to the ongoing political unrest in their country Mali, and ended up having jam sessions with Klinghoffer, singer Saul Williams and Zwan guitarist Matt Sweeney.

Klinghoffer said they relied on music as their main form of communication.

“We would just be sitting around with guitars and start a song,” Klinghoffer told Rolling Stone. “I had no idea what I was doing.

“I didn’t know the song, I didn’t know if they knew the song. They would just kind of nod their head and I’d play along…

“Some of us never even said a word to each other, we just kind of nodded politely and smiled.

“I just wish to God that I had more of a way to communicate with Ibrahim (lead guitarist) and Abdallah (acoustic guitarist), because they don’t speak English much and I don’t speak any French.

“I wish I could have communicated more but, without sounding like a hippie twat, we played guitars and we smiled and that was enough.

“I think something was communicated.”

The music sessions resulted in the tracks Toumast Tincha and Timadrit in Sahara, which both feature on Tinariwen’s upcoming album, Emmaar.

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