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Malian Tuareg group Tinariwen always mesmerize with their beguiling, incantatory guitar drones and byzantine melodies. But they truly move our spirits on this fantastically dynamic album, bringing a handful of Western musicians into the mix. The results are stunning, with guest guitarist Nels Cline following the sinewy beat laid down by handclaps on "Imidiwan Ma Tenam." Elsewhere, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band inject ominous undercurrents into "Ya Messinagh," and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone add endearing vocal texture to "Walla Illa."

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Formed: 1979 in Azawad, Mali

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tinariwen is a Tuareg group that performs a guitar-centric branch of Malian music that, to the untrained ear, is reminiscent of Ali Farka Touré's, but is far more rock-oriented and percussive. All of the band's musicians originate from the southern Sahara; the group's name, meaning "empty places," is a reflection of their land of origin. The band formed in the rebel camps of Colonel Gaddafi, as each of the musicians had been forced from their nomadic lifestyle into involuntary military service. Surrounded...
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Tassili, Tinariwen
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Rock
  • Released: Aug 29, 2011

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