Although African funk-blues band Tinariwen has played music since about 1979, their name reached popularity with the masses with the release of their 2011 album Tassili and garnered them a Grammy win for Best World Music Album.
Last September, Tinariwen played a gig at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles for the Oh La L.A. Festival. Audience members were treated to the special appearance of Flea Balzary and Josh Klinghoffer from the Red Hot Chili Peppers rocking the stage on bass and guitar.
A live video of that performance just surfaced in anticipation of a smattering of dates Tinariwen is scheduled to play with Red Hot Chili Peppers in July.
In an interview last year with Stryker from KROQ, Balzary talked about why Klinghoffer is such a welcome addition to the Red Hot Chili Peppers after John Frusciante left.
“I have no interest in a band being a thing that’s like a thing,” said Balzary. “If it’s a thing, I’m bored. It has to be a process. It’s like consciousness.”
“It’s not like a thing that sits in one position. It has to be moving and growing. It has to be always growing and always in flux. It doesn’t matter how good of a player you are or how cool your aesthetic is, if you’re not willing to be moving and flexible and changing, it’s not exciting to me.”
“I knew that Josh could do all those things. I knew that he could give his heart to us. And he was family. He knows who we are.” Balzary continued. “And when you’re doing that, it’s beyond fear or ego or any of those things.”
“When you’re in that moment and you’re doing that, you just live it. You are it. You hope to be a conduit for magic.”
“And that’s what’s happening when we’re with Josh.”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who just gave away a free 5-song EP, will be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14.
Nadia Nior, CBS Radio Los Angeles