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Tinariwen

Tinariwen - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

This Malian band has been around since the '70s. Their music is rooted in the Sahara Desert and combines elements of African folk with Western rock. Electric guitars feature heavily in the mix along with strong percussion, and the lyrics are sung in the band's native Tamashek tongue and focus on the tumultuous political environment that the Tuareg people are forced to deal with.