Watch Tinariwen's Joshua Tree Desert Video For 'Arhegh Danagh' + U.S. Tour Dates

Watch Tinariwen's Joshua Tree desert video for "Arhegh Danagh."

"Arhegh Danagh" is one of the highlights off Tinariwen's Emmaar LP, an album the Northern Malian desert blues band opted to record in California’s Joshua Tree National Park due to the turmoil back at home. "Even being abroad," vocalist/guitarist Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni told us in an interview earlier this year, "we did not feel too distant from home because we were with friends, and also because of the environment we were in. When we would look outside, there were no buildings in sight. Only desert. So we felt a lot of freedom..."

The music video for "Arhegh Danagh" brings that sentiment to light as  Tinariwen perform in the distant but familiar setting of Joshua Tree. Tinariwen's Inside / Outside: Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions EP, a 5-track collection of campfire jams tracked during the Emmaar sessions, is out today from Anti-. In addition, the group will be embarking on a US tour this month, see their full dates listed below. For more, read our interview with Tinariwen's Alhousseyni, in which he talks recording far from home, the political situation in northern Mali and the uncertainty of future plans.

Tinariwen Dates

Oct 18 "Moon Block Party Festival" Pomona, CA

Oct 21 The Bunkhouse Salon Las Vegas, NV

Oct 22 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA

Oct 25 Luckman Fine Arts Complex Los Angeles, CA

Oct 26 Campbell Hall Santa Barbara, CA

Oct 27 The Chapel San Francisco, CA

Oct 28 John Van Duzer Theatre Arcata, CA

Oct 29 City Winery Napa Napa, CA

Oct 30 Loma Vista Gardens-Big Sur Big Sur, CA

Nov 01 191 Toole Tucson, AZ

Nov 02 The Orpheum Flagstaff, AZ

Nov 03 Skylight Santa Fe, NM

Nov 06 Granada Theater Dallas, TX

Nov 07 The Studio @ Warehouse Live Houston, TX

Nov 09 FUN FUN FUN FEST Austin, TX

Nov 10 Brooklyn Masonic Temple New York, BROOKLYN

[H/T Popmatters]

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