With collaborators like Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio) and Nels Cline (Wilco), you may be wondering how you've never heard of this band. Originally formed in 1979 in Algeria, the band has gained international recognition following its 2007 release of Aman Iman. Their sound has been coined as desert blues, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a more rock n' roll sound (or hairdo of lead guitarist and vocals, Ibrahim Ag Alhabib) than that of their most recent release, Tassili.
I was introduced to San Francisco's newest music venue, The Chapel, with an amazing 2-hour set. The crowd of 40-somethings danced rhythmically to the drums, electric guitar, and mystifying Arabic lyrics. It's wonderful to imagine the band members roaming the Sahara Desert with their Gold Gibson Les Paul and Red Fender Mustang, but I am led to believe that traditional music venues pail in comparison to their native landscapes.
Check out their awesome video introducing Tassili to see what I'm talking about.