This site doesn’t usually feature world music, but for Tinariwen, I’ll always make an exception. It’s hard to summarize the band or it’s music. They’ve been together forever, having met in the Sahara and surrounding villages, and their music is organic, Earthy, and authentic. It’s also hypnotic.
Unlike their last record, this one (recorded in the oasis-town of Tessalit) is more traditional. Rather than rely on the influences of indie rock for their melodies and accents, the group seems to have bored deep into the music of their ancestry, featuring chanting and deceptively simple rhythms.
Here’s a taste . . .
Here’s a clip . . .