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Tinariwen and Omar Souleyman

We haven’t highlighted music in a while so I thought I would post about two of my favorite world music bands, both of which are now in exile due to civil wars raging in their countries.  Tinariwen are from war-torn Northern Mali, recently taken over by their version of the Taliban, while Omar Souleyman hails from the civil war ravaged Syria, where he is as famous as Michael Jackson. Both continue to tour and make amazing music.

The first clip of Tinariwen is taken from the Other Music in-store performance series. There is a pure joy and ecstatic charge to everything thing they do. This clip has a live performance as well as interviews with the band.

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