Adar Newlan - IMARHAN feat Gruff Rhys

Adar Newlan – IMARHAN feat Gruff Rhys | Video of the Week

This is Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. Today’s video is ‘Adar Newlan’ from IMARHAN featuring Gruff Rhys.

This week we’re wishing you a happy Friday with the new music video for track ‘Adar Newlan’ from Tuareg five-piece IMARHAN, featuring Gruff Rhys. The song is the band’s third single from their new album, Aboogi, which is out today via City Slang. Rhys originally met the band at a London event hosted by Africa Express. Speaking on their first meeting, Rhys said:

“My time at Aboogi with Imarhan was unforgettable. We hid from the sun and drank hot strong tea in the orange tent within the studio’s outdoor compound and exchanged musical ideas. New friends singing in multiple languages; Tamasheq, Welsh, French, English, Arabic drifted on the air from the studio door into the yard. Songs seemed to flow and grow quickly and effortlessly in these conditions. Right where the city meets the mountains, and where you can glimpse both worlds, capped by the ceiling of their gigantic sky— without barely moving your head.”

The band also recalled the meeting, saying: “We met Gruff at an Africa Express event in London, organised by Damon Albarn. We liked his poetry, his world, his originality, his resistance. We like his subtle compositions and sound. We felt great vibes altogether, very natural.”

Commenting on the concept and creation of the new video, IMARHAN added: “As we delve into their contrasting imaginations, the truth seems to slip like sand between our fingers…finally giving way to a common story, enriched by sharing and begging to be reinterpreted, again and again.”

You can watch the music video for ‘Adar Newlan’ by IMARHAN feat. Gruff Rhys below.


‘Adar Newlan’ is now streaming on Spotify.


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