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“The Clash of the desert,” Tinariwen are nomadic Touareg guitar-poets from Mali’s southern Sahara. Their music carries the message of freedom and resistance among their people, and formed the soundtrack to the 1990 Touareg rebellions in Mali and Niger. Their sound is traditional tribal melodies transposed to electric guitar, mixed with blues, rock, pop, Berber and Arabic influences – a modern desert rock. Tinariwen have won countless awards for Best CD of the Year in polls around the world and a prestigious BBC Award for World Music. They also co-founded the seminal Festival in the Desert in 2001 in Timbuktu, now hosted by Western stars like Robert Plant.
Their glorious new CD Tassili was recorded with participation from friends/ fans like members of Wilco, TV on the Radio, and New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
"Let's get one thing straight: Tinariwen is just about the best guitar-based rock band of the 21st century." - NPR
Tinariwen / Sophie Hunger