#241 – Elwan by Tinariwen

As quickly as I decided to try to make this blog more worldly, I forgot all about it, possibly as soon as I finished typing the sentence.  But now that I have found Tinariwen among my potential future selections list, my resolve to diversify my listening has been restored.  These guys are from Mali, and the history of their group is riddled with the stories of African wars.  The band even trained with and served in the Libyan army and several rebel factions.  They gained international recognition in 2001, with the release of “The Radio Tisdas Sessions.”  To say that theirs is not the usual path to musical stardom would be quite the understatement.

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