Tinariwen Wows the Crowd at Coachella

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | April 27, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Tinariwen were working their magic again at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 and were such a hit that one publication stated that this was the group that would likely become a Cochella legend.  Their performance was stellar and their sound was wonderful.  The crowd was enthralled with their stage presence and their obvious talent.

Abdallah Ag Alhousenyni of Tinariwen

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Etran Finatawa

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | September 30, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Etran FinatawaThe Tuareg and the Wodaabe nomadic tribes have occasionally fought over land in the Sahel and Sahara regions of Niger, so it is interesting to note that members of both tribes came together in 2004 to form a 5 to 6-piece band called Etran Finatawa, which means “the stars of tradition.”

There are  Tuareg musicians on electric guitar and bass, and Wodaabe and Tuareg musicians on percussion and vocals. Their music has a Middle eastern hypnotic rhythm to it, punctuated by syncopated sounds and European influences.

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