For those unfamiliar with the genre of music dubbed “Desert Blues,” look no further Malian Tuareg desert blues band Tinariwen. These African Toureg musicians are nomads of the Sahara desert who ride on horseback with Stratocasters and AK-47′s at their side. The band’s sound is driven by a distinct guitar style known as assouf among the Tuareg people, and in recent years this sound has garnered international attention.
On August 30, Tinariwen—a band at the forefront of this movement—will release its fifth studio album via Anti-Records. Recorded in a remote section of the South Eastern Algerian desert, Tassili is a return to the group’s acoustic guitar/un-amplified percussion roots. Nels Cline (Wilco), Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band horns also guest on select tracks. Tinariwen hits the road later this month on a tour that will take them through Europe and North America.
Check out the video “Tenere Taqqim Tossam” featuring Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio.
Read on for Tinariwen’s full list of tour dates. (more…)