Tinariwen

Bamako, Malí

Biography

Tinariwen is a band created in the early 80s by Tuareg musicians from northern Mali’s Kidal region. Their music, often designed as “Blues from the desert,” is a deep expression of the suffering of the Tuareg people and their life in the Saharan desert. Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, the band leader, was a rebel years ago, but he now preaches peace trough music. Since the end of the 90s the band has been performing all over the world, bringing a unique sound to the audience and representing the culture of the Tuareg people. Over the years, Tinariwen has shared the stage with artists such as Carlos Santana, Robert Plant or Herbie Hancock.

How we met:

Our first encounter with Tinariwen was during the Glastonburry festival, in 2009. The Omagh Community Youth Choir and Tinariwen were both joining the PFC Band as special guests, and we were waiting for Tinariwen so we could rehearse their song Imidiwan Afrik Tendam. Tinariwen’s members showed up in beautiful traditional blue outfits, with turbans covering their faces and their guitars on the shoulder. Despite the continuous English rain that was falling, we were all transported to the Saharan desert.

Hometown

Bamako, Malí

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Tinariwen Upcoming Tour Dates
  • 19

    Aug

    Tinariwen in Lyons

    Lyons, CO, USA

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    The Grammy Award-winning, guitar-shredding, desert blues group Tinariwen is made up of Tuareg musicians originally from the Sahara Desert region of Northern Mali. The band formed while its members were living in exile in Algeria in the 1970s as part of the Tuareg rebel community there, bonding over revolutionary politics and a shared love of the radical chaabi protest music of Morocco, Algerian pop rai, and western artists like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and Carlos Santana. Throughout the 80s the band expanded into a collective, and its members were alternately musicians and soldiers, training with the Libyan army and then fighting alongside the leaders of the Tuareg rebels in Libya. After returning to Mali at the end of the decade and participating in a Tuareg uprising there, they devoted themselves to music full time, gaining popularity in the region through the 90s and eventually becoming breakout world music stars in the 2000s, winning celebrity fans like Bono and Thom Yorke, and collaborating on their records over the next two decades with artists as diverse as Nels Cline, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, and Kurt Vile.

    Venue: Folks Festival

    Date and Time: August 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM

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  • 21

    Aug

    Tinariwen in Taos

    Taos, NM, USA

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    The Grammy Award-winning, guitar-shredding, desert blues group Tinariwen is made up of Tuareg musicians originally from the Sahara Desert region of Northern Mali. The band formed while its members were living in exile in Algeria in the 1970s as part of the Tuareg rebel community there, bonding over revolutionary politics and a shared love of the radical chaabi protest music of Morocco, Algerian pop rai, and western artists like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and Carlos Santana. Throughout the 80s the band expanded into a collective, and its members were alternately musicians and soldiers, training with the Libyan army and then fighting alongside the leaders of the Tuareg rebels in Libya. After returning to Mali at the end of the decade and participating in a Tuareg uprising there, they devoted themselves to music full time, gaining popularity in the region through the 90s and eventually becoming breakout world music stars in the 2000s, winning celebrity fans like Bono and Thom Yorke, and collaborating on their records over the next two decades with artists as diverse as Nels Cline, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, and Kurt Vile.

    Venue: Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership

    Date and Time: August 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM

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  • 23

    Aug

    Tinariwen in Phoenix

    Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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    The Grammy Award-winning, guitar-shredding, desert blues group Tinariwen is made up of Tuareg musicians originally from the Sahara Desert region of Northern Mali. The band formed while its members were living in exile in Algeria in the 1970s as part of the Tuareg rebel community there, bonding over revolutionary politics and a shared love of the radical chaabi protest music of Morocco, Algerian pop rai, and western artists like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and Carlos Santana. Throughout the 80s the band expanded into a collective, and its members were alternately musicians and soldiers, training with the Libyan army and then fighting alongside the leaders of the Tuareg rebels in Libya. After returning to Mali at the end of the decade and participating in a Tuareg uprising there, they devoted themselves to music full time, gaining popularity in the region through the 90s and eventually becoming breakout world music stars in the 2000s, winning celebrity fans like Bono and Thom Yorke, and collaborating on their records over the next two decades with artists as diverse as Nels Cline, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, and Kurt Vile.

    Venue: MIM Music Theatre

    Date and Time: August 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM

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