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A loose collective of Tuareg musicians
from Mali, Tinariwen’s dram atic history
and evolution from political ref ugees
to festival-filling Grammy award recipients
is as f ascinating as the amazing music
Formed by Ibra him Ag Alhabib in the
seventies, the group sprang from a clutch
of Tua reg e xiles whose musical interests lay
somewhere bet ween Algerian rai, traditiona l
Tuareg rhythms and rhymes, and Jimi
Hend ri x.
As the eighties rolled by, the band’s
activities were curtailed twic e when they
swapped instruments for we apon s, firstly as
part of Gaddafi’s army and then as part of
the Tuareg rebel movement in Libya.
It was here that the bulk of the outfit
that e xists today wa s formed, a s they set
about spreading the me ssage of the plight
of their people, building a studio and freely
recording for anyone who supplied a bl ank
ca ssette in an early version of today’s file
The music they ma ke is haunting,
etherea l and windswept as their centuries-
old traditional motifs are pushed for ward
with ele ctric guitars and pulled ba ck into
the pa st with their desert-drenched melodies
and tinde drums.
At times quite blues flavoured along the
lines of John Lee Hooker, who genera lly
esc hewed the traditional 12 bar pattern for
a repetitive riff cycle, Tinariwen’s mu sic is
trance -like and hypnotic, shimmering like a
Soul stirring stuff.
BENEATH THE SUN
TOM E LEWIS
Better known for his stage and screen roles,
particularly the title role in The Chant Of
Jimmie Blacksmith, Tom E Lewis has also
achieved great success in the music field in
the fairly unique arena of jazz didjeridu.
For Beneath The Sun, he beckons us
to come over and listen to some of his
stories – songs of friends, family, fortune
a nd misfortune, a l l of which are abs olutely
His wonderfully expressive voice provides
the focus a s he spins his eloquent lyrics
but it’s the imaginative musical highlights
a nd shadings provided by arra nger Erkki
Veltheim that really elevates this album.
From the strangely alluring lines that circle
around I Can’t Make It On My Own to the
Van Morrisone sque brass excl amation s that
decorate Angel s and the cinematic strings that
draw a highlighter mark around the melody
lines of Come Take My Tides, the sonic
textures throughout are continually thrilling.
The brass interplay that slowly builds to Cherie
L’A mour’s cre scendo is sheer s ubtle brilliance .
A lot of albums grow on you after
repeated listens, but this one attaches itself
more and more as it travels its own path,
giving you that feeling of knowing someone
more intimately as their stories unravel.
An inspired cre ation, packed with spirit,
prowess, and evocative musicality, Beneath
The Sun is the type of album that could just
slip by without being noticed but deserves
to be heard and enjoyed because it’s an
What a wonderful new relea se for the
liver, espe cially with a poor diet
• Some pharma ceutical medication s such
a s c orticosteroids, statins and other drug s
that interfere with liver function (it is b est
to find out all side effects of any drug you
• Autoimmune or inherited liver disease
However, some people develop fatty liver
e ven if they have none of these conditions.
Why is a healthy liver vital?
The liver is the largest organ in the body. In
Oriental medicine it is considered the hottest
organ in the body and resonates to a Yang
or male energy. The emotions of anger and
aggression are stored at the cellular level of
the liver and, if allowed to accumulate here,
can have a negative impact on its overall
The liver is our filtering and detoxifying
“factory”. It has a huge job to do with more
tasks than other organs in the body. When
it is congested with excess fat it cannot
filter, cleanse and detoxify the bloodstream
ef ficiently. So the blood bec omes overloaded
with toxins and fat and carries these
deposits around the body as it attempts to
feed and nourish all the cells of your body,
such as tissues, organs and muscles. This
picture alone should allow you to see how
disease, including autoimmune disorder s,
Your liver is re sponsible for metabolising
fats, hormone s, a ny foods, substance s, drug s
and chemicals that you ingest and also
has the ta sk of neutralising or converting
them into other forms by special enzymes.
This includes the air you breathe and the
emotion s you “ digest”.
Bile produced by the liver is stored in the
gall bladder and then used to help break down
dietary fats. A healthy liver is able to regulate
fat metabolism and burn it by moving
excessive fat out of the body through the
bile into the gut. A healthy liver can achieve
weight loss and maintain a balanced weight
easier. But if you have a fatty liver you may
find it harder to lose weight despite all diets.
This is because it is storing more fat when in
fact it needs to burn off the fat! When it is
overloaded with fat, it simply cannot function
properly, as it becomes completely clogged
up with excess fat in the cells. This is when
serious health disorders c an m anifest.
Fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E
and K need bile in order to be absorbed by
The liver both stores and produc es blood
sug ar. Your liver c onverts carbohydrate s
into glucose for instant available energy a nd
then converts glucose into its storable form
(glycog en). When the blood sugar level s
drop (a condition c alled hypoglycemia),
glycogen is then converted back into glucose.
The liver acts as the body’s glucose (or fuel)
reser voir, a nd helps to keep circulating blood
sugar levels and other body fuels steady and
constant. The need to store or relea se glucose
is primarily signa lled by the hormone s
insulin and glucagon.
When you’re not eating, such a s when
you are a sleep or bet ween mea ls, the body
has to ma ke its own sugar. The liver supplies
sug ar or glucose by turning glycogen into
glucose in a process ca lled glycogenolysis.
The liver a lso ma nufactures suga r or glucose
by harvesting amino acids, waste products
a nd fat by-products . This process is called
Please don’t think you must consume
cane sugar or large amounts of fructose
(from fruit, honey and corn syrup etc), as
this ca n affect your liver’s ability to work
efficiently. Cane sugar in particular is toxic.
Natural fruits are the best option whenever
you need something sweet.
The liver changes ammonia (a toxic
byproduct of protein metabolism) into ure a,
which is then excreted in the urine.
Amino acids from protein foods are
sent to the liver to produc e body proteins
such a s hormone s. Your liver is involved in
c onstant hormone metabolism and assists in
maintaining hormonal equilibrium.
A healthy liver also means a strong
healthy immune system.
Next month we’ ll look at treatments,
including natura l therapies , for fatty liver
Lyn Craven is a Practitioner of Naturopathy,
Bowen Therapy and Energy/Reiki Therapist and
Corporate Health Consultant. Lyn has written
articles on a variety of topics and runs a private
practice located in Bondi, Sydney. Lyn has
recently created a Meditation CD for Anxiety,
Stress and Self Healing. She can be contacted on
0403 231 804 or lyncraven @bigpond.com www.
Disclaimer: Information presented in this column is not
intended as medical advicebut to advancetheunderstanding
of holistic nutrition and lifestyle and its place in a balanced
approach to health. Readers are encouraged to be guided by
their own healthcare professionals.
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‘The liver may enlarge and,
over time, liver cells may be
replaced by scar tissue.’
‘The liver is our filtering and
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