Photo by Marie Planeille Tinariwen


Fri., March 31, 9 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

The Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90028
There’s a lot of great music coming out of Mali these days, from the sizzling guitar workouts of Vieux Farka Touré to the sunny Afro-pop of Salif Keita and the enchanting weave of sounds by Amadou & Mariam. But one of the most engrossing Malian groups remains Tinariwen, a literal guitar army who fought as rebel Tuareg freedom fighters in the Sahara Desert in the early 1990s before devoting themselves to music. Their sound is rooted in unique hammer-on plucking on multiple guitars that flash and flicker with an electric radiance. Led by singer-guitarist Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, Tinariwen continue to mutate on their latest release, Elwan, blending their haunting vocal chants with such guest stars as Kurt Vile and Mark Lanegan while retaining their distinctively mesmerizing swirl of shifting guitar patterns.
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