Cesare Basile & Terakaft
leading the way
The caravan aka Terakaft (caravan in Tamasheq) has crossed the Mediterranean, just as their ancestors did before, but this time, several centuries later, it did so to merge in an encounter with Cesare Basile, in Sicily.
Cesare Basile is a true bluesman, an outsider genius who has always been committed to the sometimes harsh criticism of the planet's social structure. The Caravan could not have made a better match.
In this new project, born at the foot of Etna, the guitars and voices of a nomadic, ancient and nationless people resonate along with those of the island where millennial roots always mixed.
In Sicily we learned that the best fruit comes from grafting on wild trees. Here a combination of free spirits has been born where ancient languages and rhythms are mixed around the common fire of the blues, of music made of blood and sweat, of love and division, of celebration and revolt. The world is one, as one is the people of men, so is the heart that beats in the chest.
Terakaft is a genuine desert rock band, sculpted by the pure searing air and the endless rolling sands of the Sahara. The stark, harsh conditions of the Sahara have permeated their wild riffs, and as a result, Terakaft are the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today. They have taken the electric guitar and made it their own. Their sound is modern but keeps its roots firmly planted in "popular" music, listened to and sung every day by Tamasheq youth.
Cesare Basile is definitely one of the most distinguished and innovative Italian artists of the past decades. Throughout the thirty years of his career he has successfully created a unique and original language of “Blues”, eventually settling on the use of a dark and archaic Sicilian dialect which he uses to represent the affliction of human people and the scream of pain of a population robbed of its dignity and self-determination.
Basile’s preferred subjects deal with stories of love and of anarchy, aiming to describe the defeated and the miserable, drawing the right inspiration from certain types of African music and creating a common theme uniting the Sicilian language, the pain of the defeated and the oppressed, and Africa, considered universally as the cradle of human civilisation.
First album to be released in 2021