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Tinariwen

Reviewed by Austin Powell, Fri., April 26, 2013

Austin Psych Fest Album Primer

Tinariwen

Amassakoul (World Village USA)

Formed in the camps of Colonel Gaddafi in Tuareg, Tinariwen is a nomadic tribe of soul rebels who've carved a distinct, Saharan sound indicative of the outfit's long struggle. Banned in Algeria and Mali, 2004's Amassakoul marks the band's most electric and immediate work: gritty, dry, and powerful in the wake of leader Ibrahim Ag Alhabib's call-and-response chants over washboard guitar and mesmerizing arpeggios. The message of preservation through pain never gets lost in translation. (Fri., 7pm, Reverberation stage)

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