World Music

The Delorian Tapes: High Strand

Tapes are dead so we're elevating them to the clouds. Listen to the first session of The Delorian Tapes, our not-purely-electronic podcasts with which we'd l...

Amadou & Mariam: Top 16 Songs

Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doubia were both born in Bamako, Mali and happen to both be visually impaired -- you guessed right, the sunglasses aren’t a fashion s...

Ali Farka Touré: Top 15 Songs

Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré was born in a village near the Niger River in Mali. He was his parents’10th child and the first one to live beyond age 10, which got him the nickname “Farka” that translates to “donkey”....

Tinariwen: Top 15 Songs

Tinariwen is a Grammy Award-winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. The band was formed in 1979 in Tamanrasset, Algeria, but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. When listening to Tinariwen you’re spellbound by their haunting desert charm and rebellious sahara spirit. They were founded by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who at age four witnessed the execution of his father (a Tuareg rebel) during a 1963 uprising in Mali. As a child he saw a western film in which a cowboy played a guitar. Ag Alhabib built his own guitar out of a tin can, a stick and bicycle brake wire. He started to play old Tuareg and modern Arabic pop tunes, more than a few years later his band, Tinariwen, is probably the most authentic international act in the world....