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Onstage — Tuaregs in Taos: Tinariwen

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Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 9:06 pm, Thu Apr 24, 2014.

The Tuareg people’s nomadism is traditionally contained within the vast regions of the Sahara Desert of North Africa — but in the case of Tinariwen, a Grammy-winning world and rock band from Mali, the members traveled to Joshua Tree, California, to record this year’s Emmaar. The record is Tinariwen’s first made outside of the band’s homeland since it formed in 1979, a relocation precipitated by political upheaval during the 2012-2013 Tuareg rebellion in Mali. Joshua Tree was chosen as the environment most similar to the deserts of North Africa — a requisite for a band whose name is an homage to the Sahara’s vastness and variety (it translates simply to “deserts”). Roots and Wires Presents brings Tinariwen to Taos Mesa Brewing (20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado; 575-758-1900) for a 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, show that is definitely worth the drive. Tickets, $23, are available from www.holdmyticket.com

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