"Desert rebel rockers" is the favored publicity shorthand for Tinariwen, whose powerful, moving music and exotic history require no hyperbole. The band was formed by Tauregs, the traditionally nomadic people of the Sahara Desert who have been increasingly marginalized and repressed by a succession of governments. By introducing electric guitars to the haunting traditional music of the desert, already rife with sinuous rhythms and entrancing melodies, Tinariwen came up with a sublime sound strikingly similar to the blues. On... More >>>