From the Sahara to the American heartland, Tinariwen's journey bridges cultures. Their desert blues blends seamlessly with rustic American rhythms.
Tinariwen is a Tuareg music band formed in 1979 on the borders of Mali and Algeria. Pioneers of the assouf style ('nostalgia' in tamashek), they address Tuareg people's preoccupations in songs that mix traditional West African and Arab music with blues, folk and other influences. Since gaining international recognition in the early 2000s, they have played more than 1,100 shows worldwide and released nine studio albums, three nominated for a Grammy, including Tassili, which won the Best World Music album award in 2012.