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Tinariwen scoop Uncut prize

Uncut magazine has named Imidiwan: Companions, the fourth release from Tinariwen, as the most inspirational album of 2009.

Tinariwen are Touareg musicians and former guerrillas from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. 

Uncut 's Editor and chair of the judges Allan Jones said: "It's a fantastically exciting record, full of great, powerful music, passionately and brilliantly played. It had everything the judges were looking for in a potential winner."

Imidiwan: Companions currently stands art No.9 in the AnyDecentMusic All Time chart (ie of the year as our data goes back to the end of 2008) with a rating of 8.2 from 12 reviews.

Tinariwen just pipped Grizzly Bear for the award. Fittingly the Brooklyn acoustic experimental outfit are also at 8.2 on the AnyDecentMusic All Time chart.

Another album which made the Uncut short list but lost out to Mali's finest was Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, which leads Tinariwen with an 8.4 rating.

Of Imidiwan: Companions, Music OMH said: "This is life-enriching stuff," while The Sunday Times said: "Tinariwen have created one of the most distinctive, extraordinary and irresistible sounds in modern music."

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