Midnight in a Perfect World: Imarhan

Midnight In A Perfect World
Sean Morrow
Photo by Fehti Sahraoui

Hailing from the city of Tamanrasset, Imarhan are an Algerian quintet captivating audiences with their transportive Tuareg desert blues. Drawing upon traditional Tuareg music, African ballads, and the modern pop and rock music that the band heard growing up, the group originally formed in 2008 and would eventually release their eponymous debut album in 2016 on City Slang Records, a renowned German label that also helped present Imarhan's third studio album Aboogi earlier this year.

Artist Title
Midnight in a Perfect World Intro
Alla Improvisation III
Ali Farka Touré Dofana
Raïna Raï Zina
Michael Jackson The Way You Make Me Feel
Isouf Derhan Dounya
Daft Punk Giorgio by Moroder
Khruangbin So We Won't Forget
Super Mama Djombo Dissan Na Mbera
Tinariwen Matadjem Yinmixan
Primal Scream Loaded


Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP's weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ's, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World  is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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