ANEWAL - The walking man - new album in 2017
My name is Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla a.k.a. Anewal, which means 'walking man' and I am the lead singer and guitarist of the internationally known Desert Blues band Etran Finatawa from Niger. Since 2004 I have toured with them around the globe. Together we made four successful CDs for the British label World Music Network.
In 2012 I made my first solo album Anewal, a diary of my travels around the world and back again into the wilderness. It received international critical acclaim and Songlines magazine recently listed it as one of the '10 best Desert Blues' albums.
Since then it seems the world is changing faster than ever, sweeping us along like a flood. I have written a collection of new songs inspired by these changes and the need to speak out and communicate a message of peace and understanding.
In my songs I sing of the loss of cultural diversity throughout the world, social changes, climate change and the direct impact of these global effects on the people of my homeland as well as the importance of keeping our culture, our way of life, alive, strong and relevant.
My music is rooted in tradition. My music gives me strength. I would like to share this feeling with you through my new songs on a new album. Previously I have always worked with a record company but today the music industry is in crisis and many labels can no longer even offer to cover the costs. So I have decided to create the album myself, from recording to pressing.
Release Spring 2017
Tour dates 2016/2017 available
Managment worldwide: Fidjomusic
ANEWAL - The walking man - ANEWAL 2012
First solo album:
Life is a circle. This album is a journey. I take you to where I come from, I play some traditional Instruments like the takadebena, the Music bow, and many tradtional rhythms. And as a Bonus you will listen to a collaboration work that I did with the south african singer Malebo in 2009.
21 jan with Maarja Nuut, Talinn, Estonia
23 jan with Maarja Nuut, Viljandi, Estonia
25 feb Pardon To Tu, Warzawa, Poland
2nd Aug Mama Africa Cologne, Germany
18 aug Jazz&Joy, Worms, Germany
11th oct Amplifest, Oporto, Portugal
18 nov Klimahaus, Bremerhaven, Germany
08 dec Night festival Korpilombolo, Sweden
Touring Southern Africa in may 2013:
SAHARA MEETS INDIAN OCEAN PROJECT! Alhousseini Anivolla (NIGER) and Guy Buttery (South Africa)
Two great guitarists inspired by their rich traditional heritage meet for a pure african creation.
24/25th may Afrikaday Johannesburg
26/27th may Books Café Harare, Zimbabwe
28th may Johannesburg Mojo´s
30th Alliance Francaise Pretoria
31st Allinace Francaise Durban
02nd Bushfire Festival Swaziland