#8 Tinariwen – LIBYA

13 Aug

Desert rock from the Sahara.

Although Tinariwen originates in Mali it was in Libya that they found their cultural identity and formed the complete collective.

In 1980, the Libyan ruler Muammar al Gaddafi put out a decree inviting all young Tuareg men to receive military training and citizenship. The early members of the band answered the call and over nine years met fellow Tuareg musicians and invited them to join Tinariwen.

Their sound is primarily guitar driven in the style known as assouf among Tuareg people.

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