Refugees-turned-blues collective Tinariwen stopped by our studio earlier this year to share their fascinating story and perform live. After the show ended, they were kind enough to stick around and perform one more tune, called "Issakad." Today, you get to hear the performance on the air for the first time.
Members of the desert-blues collective Tinariwen met in a refugee camp more than 30 years ago and became soldiers in North Africa’s Tuareg revolution. Later, they traded guns for guitars – specifically, electric guitars. Now, with the help of TV on the Radio and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Tinariwen is going acoustic on the new album “Tassili.” The band plays songs from that album, live in the studio.