Edited by CA
Castiglione del Lago is one of the most beautiful towns in Umbria, known by many for its charming historic centre and its views overlooking Lake Trasimeno. Castiglione del Lago is also famous for its festivals and love of culture. It is for this reason that the “Trasimeno Blues Festival” is keenly anticipated every summer and this year it will host the evocative atmosphere of Desert Blues by the legendary Touareg. The preview evening will be held tonight in an exceptional location, the Amphitheatre of the medieval fortress of Castiglione del Lago. An engaging and charming musical mixture from Tuareg will feature traditional music, blues and rock, psychedelia and world music that carries listeners to unknown and distant worlds. Leading the group is lead singer and guitarist Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, a young nomad who was forced into exile after his father was shot for collaborating with anti-government rebels. He himself, together with other members of the original line up, took part in some initial guerrilla warfare but decided to abandon their weapons in 1996. Instead they decided on a musical revolution whereby they would use music to convey a strong libertarian message, infused with modern sounds that combine electric guitars and the incisive rhythmic tradition of storytellers and teachings of masters like his countryman Ali Farka Touré. This is a group that is becoming increasingly popular and well known in Europe and the United States, thanks to numerous tours as well as to Carlos Santana who wants them to appear with him on stage at the Montreux Festival. After a special preview tonight, the Trasimeno Blues Festival continues from the 24th of July to the 3rd of August, 11 consecutive days of great music that will resonate in the charming medieval villages and the naturalistic views of Lake Trasimeno.