Broaden Your Horizons with Tinariwen on Saturday Night

November 17th, 2011

Tinariwen, a collective of musicians, singers and songwriters, was founded in 1979. The original members met in Libyan refugee camps, but the band has been based in Mali since the ’90s. While their sound is different than most that comes from the region—Tinariwen uses drums and electric guitars—as you can imagine, much of the group’s music focuses on exile, politics and repression. Ironically, the 2001 album The Radio Tisdas Sessions was banned in Mali but it earned the band recognition outside the Sahara region for the first time. Their ensuing appearances at international music festivals gained them even more attention. But if you’ve never heard of Tinariwen (above, performing “Amassakoul ’n’ Tenere” and “Chet Boghassa” on Later … with Jools Holland), that’s OK because you can see them on Saturday at Webster Hall.