Tinariwen Bring Their Sahara To Chicago
By Veronica Murtagh in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 17, 2010 7:30PM
Photo by Thomas Dorn
But what happens when this faraway land isn't mystical, mysterious or exotic at all, and it's just the place you've always called home? Formed in rebel training camps in Libya, Tinariwen draw from their native Tuareg culture, their personal experiences and their love of American blues and guitar rock, offering a world-influenced palette, in reverse.
Once trading old Dylan and Marley cassettes, Tinariwen have turned to filesharing via cell phones and Bluetooth, with the hopes of exposing the Tuareg people to the music of the world at large while sharing their own Saharan desert culture. Tinariwen's music tells tales of change, the fight for social justice, life, love and loss in a place few of us will ever travel to. Through powerful, philosophically suggestive songwriting, and creative instrumentation, Tinariwen illustrate a homeland full of challenges, with hope.
Tinariwen are joined for a rare appearance with founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib for their Imidiwan: Companions album tour, Saturday, February 27, at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., $24-$28 here