Africa’s Tinariwen brought their desert blues to Tucson on April 23rd, 2013. Check out the live performance and interview in Studio 2A with our own Michelle. They talk about the desert and it’s influence on their music. The in-studio features three songs including the unreleased track “Aratan Nadag“, which is on our latest compilation of national and international artists, KXCI Presents: Live From Studio 2A Vol. 9 (available at kxci.org).
One of the most renowned groups in global music, Tinariwen’s music is the soundtrack of the Touareg revolution in Saharan North Africa which was created by putting down arms and picking up electric guitars. Plaintive rhythms created a unique desert blues whose lyrics rage against world indifference and evoke a longing for disappearing freedoms. Tinariwens use of electric guitars and call and response vocals creates a style of desert blues that is at once exotic and familiar.