This week our playlist includes music by Dave Brubeck, Everest, Ravi Shankar, Tinariwen, Fats Waller, Frankie Miller and more.
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It would be hard to turn Malian desert blues into a glitzy stratagem, though I'm sure with the genre's growing popularity some will try. Tinariwen does not partake in such foolishness.
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I have been a fan of Tinariwen (a band of nomadic exile musicians of Tuareg descent) for exactly as long as I have been listening to them, i.e. for ab...
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Now these people live in poverty and in refugee camps, but keep the dream of their own independent state alive. Most Americans do not know anything about them.
I wonder if people in India that watch American Idol understand all the lyrics, or if medina dwellers in Fes, where I saw 2Pac and Biggie t-shirts constantly, comprehend the hooks they're singing.
With no newspapers, radio or any other means of mass communication, Tinariwen's music captured the soul of the Tamashek rebellion in which they were participating.
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