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  • interview October 16, 2017

    Mdou Moctar Talks Tuareg Film and Music

    Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg guitarist and singer/songwriter from Niger. He has been touring in the United States in support of his third album, Sousoume Tamachek. It’s a beautiful, intimate session, blending acoustic and electric guitar, male voices and light … Read more »

  • blog March 10, 2017

    Premiere: New Track From Vieux Farka Touré

    You know, the Woodstock music festival got kicked out of the town of Woodstock too, so you can forgive Vieux Farka Touré for recording “The Woodstock Sessions” in Saugerties, New York—especially once you hear the song. In anticipation of an … Read more »

  • hip-deep January 5, 2017

    Hip Deep in Mali: The Tuareg Predicament

    The confederations and clans collectively known as the Tuareg descend from the oldest inhabitants of North Africa. They lead a mostly nomadic existence across the Sahara Desert, in the lands we now know as Algeria, Libya, Niger and Mali. Tuareg … Read more »

  • review November 2, 2016

    Look South (EP)

    Based in Algeria, the El Foukr R’Assembly  is a rarity among North African bands in that they really take their “Africanness” seriously. Where many in this part of the continent identify more with their Arabian than their sub-Saharan neighbors, this … Read more »

  • blog April 26, 2016

    Imarhan: Tuareg Rock on Steroids

    Imarhan is a young Tuareg rock band, originally from  Mali but currently living in Tamanrasset, southern Algeria, during these challenging days for Tuareg people in West Africa. (Check out Afropop’s recent program The Tuareg Predicament in Mali for more on … Read more »

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