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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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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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