*cusina (t)ishumar*

a Tuareg friend who visited me recently and me went with a big hole in the stomach one day very late in my kitchen, thinking about what to prepare for late night dinner...then he said first *macarona ishumar* means very fast prepared pasta desert style....then I wrote on my chalkboard in my kitchen the words *cusina ishumar* and a little camel drawing....
the word *ishumar* (male version) the female version of the word is *tishumar* in tamasheq, the Tuareg language means people in the sahara who moving permanently from one place or town to the next one. Today they are here, the next day you will find them in another place and the day after they are  probably gone; they live alone, not married or if married then may not official and they do not have any work or sometimes work only for a few days.
 I noticed some time ago that my cooking style completely changed since I am travelling much to north africa and the desert; during my first visit in algeria I admired the very fast way of preparing lunch or dinner of my friends, well....they also eating in a speed like they are on the run or non-stop walking with a salt caravane....I did not finished eating the salad, they finished eating the entire dinner....*ahem*...
so, I became a copycat in the kitchen *ahem*....I copied the speedy style preparing macarona pasta and *tagella* or salad like my friends prepare it in the desert....so, and today I prepared *macarona ishumar* and ate that much that I nearly felt off the chair!

images: petra hassan

P.S.: finally we prepared that night very quick and spicy *moroccan tajine* and got lost in much more kitchen chatting about and around the word *ishumar*....if you only have one cigarette left, you share it with your friend, then it is a *cigarette ishumar* ;-) ...and my kitchen is not anymore a normal, german kitchen, it became the *cusina (t)ishumar*....! ah, also the home of the girl changed to nomade style...but this is a story for another day....


*camel babies*

warm hot november sun in the middle of the sahara desert and...silence...
the prettiest camel babies passing by......coming closer...watching me, curious!
sniffing on my hands...
sniffing on my hair....and face...and make me a big smile on my face!
oh dear! I felt so in love with the fluffy *blue*blue* eyed camel baby somewhere in the middle of the sahara desert....on a sunny, warm hot november day!


images: petra hassan sahara/erg kilian (Algeria)

P.S.: the sad news...my friends cousin Mohamed (Med Tinariwen) is still arrested in Algeria :-(


*Tinariwen & welcome to the desert!*

the *magic* day started with blue, blue bavarian sky and bright sunshine....what a perfect saturday morning!

later a few clouds appeared and the light changed into dusky pastell...some kind of lazy saturday afternoon mood...teatime! desert teatime with my dear friend, on a gravel river bank in Munich....in the heart of the city....oh, she´s great in preparing bittersweet and strong green tea!

then...the night covered the sparkling city like a velvet curtain....the stage had been touched in warm, red light....and then....
Iyadou & Abdallah
and Said carried all of us far away with the words *welcome to the desert!* and finest music....what a great concert!

*thank you*merci*tanemert hullan* to all of Tinariwen!

ah...then, the never expected happened after the concert....whilest preparing more bittersweet, green tea a crocodile beaver passed by in the river...in the heart of Munich *medina* :-)

images: petra hassan

P.S.: the next Tinariwen concert in Germany will be on 21th of April in Cologne! come, see and listen!


*freedom for Med Tinariwen*

last week a young Tuareg, Mohamed Ahmed (Med Tinariwen) had been arrested by the algerian authorities under suspicious circumstances in the city of Tamanrasset in southern Algeria.
it is still not clear where he is or for what reason he had been arrested. for solidarity may please join the facebook group *la liberté pour Mohamed Tinariwen*.

*merci*thank you*tanemert*

update 14.03.2012: two more Tuareg, two teachers had been arrested under suspicious circumstances in Tinzaouaten by algerian authorities a few days ago, so sad!

update 15.03.2012: just got the information that the two teachers had been released, we still hope for Med Tinariwen that he will be free as soon as possible, too!

image: Med Tinariwen


*songs for desert refugees*

the music label reaktion released recently the album *songs for desert refugees*  a compilation in aid for northern Mali refugees.
click here for more information, buy & download the album; also check out more fantastic *sahara music* and enjoy!

image: by courtesy of reaktion music

P.S. the festival au désert has been nominated for one of the best music festivals in the world, click here and vote now! :-)