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The 10 Best Global Music Albums of 2023

The 10 Best Global Music Albums of 2023

The best global music comes from places around the globe and then goes to others. If you find something new, those connections therein have stretched farther.

Tinariwen Take an Intriguing Outlaw Country Turn on ‘Amatssou’

Tinariwen Take an Intriguing Outlaw Country Turn on ‘Amatssou’

Tinariwen link Nashville and North Africa on Amatssou in ways well suited to a definition of outlaw country that includes their rebellious rock.

Liberation Blues: Tinariwen Invoke the Sahel’s Complex History on ‘Amatssou’

Liberation Blues: Tinariwen Invoke the Sahel’s Complex History on ‘Amatssou’

Connections with Jack White and Daniel Lanois are great, but West African blues collective Tinariwen had to navigate Covid and political unrest to deliver their surprisingly exuberant new LP.

Reissues of Tinariwen’s Early Albums Recall the Saharan Group at Their Most Iconic

Reissues of Tinariwen’s Early Albums Recall the Saharan Group at Their Most Iconic

Unimpeachable in both technique and sincerity, Aman Iman and Imidiwan are potent assemblages of the qualities that make Tinariwen’s music evergreen.

The 20 Best Album Re-Issues of 2022

The 20 Best Album Re-Issues of 2022

The year’s best album re-issues include rock legends, foundational R&B/soul artists, classic pop, new wave, alternative rock, global beats and so much more.

‘Kel Tinariwen’ Adds Synthpop to Tinariwen’s Repertoire

‘Kel Tinariwen’ Adds Synthpop to Tinariwen’s Repertoire

Previously released on cassette in Mali, Kel Tinariwen offers a very different sense of style than the rugged sounds for which Tinariwen are so well known.

Tinariwen’s ‘Amadjar’ Is a Particularly Well-Polished Jewel

Tinariwen’s ‘Amadjar’ Is a Particularly Well-Polished Jewel

Saharan collective Tinariwen reign over a star-studded album of sincere desert blues on their latest gem Amadjar.

The Best World Music of 2017

The Best World Music of 2017

This year, some of the most powerful sounds across the global music industry were those that resisted injustice, whether by directly rejecting it or surviving in spite of it.

Tinariwen (+IO:I) – Ténéré Tàqqàl (Singles Going Steady)

Tinariwen (+IO:I) – Ténéré Tàqqàl (Singles Going Steady)

Here, the Sahara's own rock stars lament the current state of their home desert, of the constant power struggles that stain the region.
Anti-Thesis: A Night Showcasing Anti- Records’ Diversity, Daniel Lanois Style

Anti-Thesis: A Night Showcasing Anti- Records’ Diversity, Daniel Lanois Style

The mainstream appeal of Daniel Lanois' Anti-Thesis show may not have been huge, but the creativity level of the performances ranks among the highest of all shows in 2014.
Tinariwen – “Arhegh Danagh” (video) (Premiere)

Tinariwen – “Arhegh Danagh” (video) (Premiere)

The Saharan band Tinariwen have been going strong since coming to international acclaim in the late ‘90s, playing the largest music festivals in the world and receiving a Grammy in 2012 for the album Tassili.
Tinariwen: 24 March 2014 – Brooklyn Bowl, NY (Photos)

Tinariwen: 24 March 2014 – Brooklyn Bowl, NY (Photos)

Unfortunately, Tinariwen can't return home to Mali due to political instability but maybe there is some solace in their resplendent desert blues.