- “Tinariwen” translates from the Tamasheq Tuareg language as “deserts”
- They were formed by guitarist Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who was originally influenced by North African chaabi and rai music as well as American rock and blues
- Their 2011 album, Tassili, won the GRAMMY for Best World Music Album
- When asked to describe Tinariwen’s sound, bassist Eyadou Ag Leche used the word ”assouf,” a Tamasheq word that loosely translates to “a longing and nostalgia for the desert life”
- The band performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa
- Due to the political unrest in Mali, the band recorded their new album, Emmaar, in a different desert than their usual home in the Sahara – California’s Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree
More information about Tinariwen here.