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Tinariwen

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“The music of Tinariwen is at once exotic and familiar‐‐ the scales and arrangements are as strange to our ears as the language they sing in, but there’s a force operating on a more subliminal level that unites it to something rattling around inside anyone who was brought up on blues or rock & roll. It’s music of longing and rebellion, weary wisdom and restless energy, and it sounds so, so good.”– Pitchfork On their enthralling new album Tassili, the renowned band TINARIWEN have set down their electric guitars and returned to the very essence of their art. Recorded in a protected region of the South‐Eastern Algerian desert, the group returned to the roots of their music, with only acoustic guitars and unamplified percussion. For the first time allowing outside musicians into their tight‐knit band, TINARIWEN are joined by Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of the band TV On The Radio, guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco) and members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Together they have created an album that reaches deep into the essence of TINARIWEN’s sound while simultaneously opening itself to the surrounding world.  Features guest musicians Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone (of the band TV On The Radio), guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco) and the horns of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.  TINARIWEN’s catalog has soundscanned over 56,000 RTD, including over 20K for their breakthrough album Aman Iman.  TINARIWEN will be mounting their first club tour of the US this summer, returning in the fall to promote Tassili.  This band has received rapturous press with every release, and count high profile musicians like Robert Plant, Brian Eno and Bono among their many fans.

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