Tinariwen's story has become something of a modern musical legend. As a band of Tuareg bedouins from the Malian portion of the Sahara desert in northwest Africa, their music and their lifestyle is at once a rebellion against the religious dogma and conflict that is often present in the region, as well as a unique expression of the local culture and its traditional sounds.
The core members of the band spent the better part of their lives as musical and literal nomads, playing their inimitable fusion of African, Middle Eastern, and blues music to anyone willing to listen, while also creating makeshift studios to capture the sounds of the local people, and pioneering the popular music of the region. They've been targeted by Islamic fundamentalist groups for playing their music in their home country, and have been critically acclaimed for it throughout the wider world, having embarked on many international tours and festival dates since 2001.
"Chaghaybou," off Tinariwen's latest album Emmaar, is held down by a galloping beat and distinctive Afro-blues guitar work that are distinctive of a style both rare and timeless -- the sound of a rich musical heritage that goes deep, and rings true.