IYAD MOUSSA BEN ABDERAHMANE vocals, guitar
TOUHAMI AG ALHASSANE vocals, guitar
ABDALLAH AG ALHOUSSEYNI vocals, guitar
EYADOU AG LECHE vocals, bass guitar
SAID AG AYAD vocals, percussion
ELAGA AG HAMID vocals, guitar
In the language of Tuareg nomads who for centuries have roamed the most remote reaches of the Southern Sahara, “tinariwen” means “deserts”. Formed in Southern Algeria in the 1979, Tinariwen are a Tuareg band of virtuoso musical rebels, who champion the diminishing rights of exiled nomadic peoples. The group first started to gain a following outside the Sahara region in 2001 with the release of “The Radio Tisdas Session”, and with performances at Festival au Désert in Mali and the Roskilde festival in Denmark. Their popularity rose internationally with the release of the critically acclaimed “Aman Iman” in 2007. Tinariwen’s sound is primarily guitar-driven in the style known as assouf . The core elements of their music are traditional Tuareg melodies and rhythms including those played on the shephard’s flute and on a one-string fiddle known as imzad. Tinariwen’s latest album “Emmaar” was recorded in Joshua Tree, in the Californian desert. Mali’s best-known exponents of desert blues still find it impossible to return home (“there is no administration, no banks, no food”) and their new songs reflect the pain of exile.