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Malian singing legend Oumou Sangare performing in Essaouira, Morocco in June 2012.

Read The Mali 100, Presented By Afropop Worldwide

March 13, 2013 – Read a list of 100 essential songs from the troubled but musically rich West African country.

Tinariwen plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on November 15, 2011.

Watch Tinariwen: Tiny Desk Concert

January 5, 2012 – Even in a stripped-down acoustic set, Tinariwen's trance-inducing desert music doesn't disappoint.



Read Tinariwen On World Cafe WXPN

December 14, 2011 – Hear the North African group play live and discuss its urgent and heartbreaking new album Tassili. WXPN



Listen KCRW Presents: Tinariwen KCRW

November 23, 2011 – Listen to and watch a studio session with the hypnotic and spellbinding African rock band. KCRW


Tinariwen's new album, Tassili, comes out August 30.

Read First Listen: Tinariwen, 'Tassili'

August 21, 2011 – Hear the new, guest-star-laden album from the Malian blues-rock ensemble in its entirety.

Clockwise from top: Tinariwen, Lykke Li, Eleanor Friedberger, John Maus.

Read New Mix: Lykke Li, A Fiery Furnace Goes Solo, More

June 22, 2011 – Hear new music from Eleanor Friedberger, Mates of State, Tinariwen and others.



Listen Bonnaroo 2010: A Look Back

June 16, 2010 – The NPR Music gang examines some of the highlights from this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival.


Tinariwen; credit: Shantel Mitchell

Listen Bonnaroo 2010: Tinariwen In Concert

June 13, 2010 – From the Sahara Desert in northern Mali comes the Tuareg band of musicians known as Tinariwen.


Read Desert Rock And 21st-Century Traditions: New Sounds From Africa In 2009

December 28, 2009 – Writer Banning Eyre chooses his 10 favorite new music releases out of Africa in the past year.

Listen The Year's Best World Music

December 27, 2007 – Banning Eyre picks the year's best music from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.


Listen Tinariwen: Music's True Rebels

November 10, 2007 – In the midst of political struggle, Tinariwen put down its weapons and picked up electric guitars.


Read 'All Songs': All Africa Edition

November 4, 2007 – All Songs Considered presents some of the best African music out right now.

Listen Antibalas, The Besnard Lakes, Let's Go Sailing

April 12, 2007 – The African beats of Brooklyn's Antibalas; The Sahara's rebel group Tinariwen; Dark harmonies fr...


Listen The Best CDs of 2004

December 28, 2004 – 2004 was a year when a handful of artists with their best days long behind them surprised us wit...

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