Hailing from a Tuareg tribe descendant of nomadic people, the iconic band will treat audiences to their mesmerising desert blues grooves and electrifying stage presence, dressed eclectically in traditional robes and Tagelmust turbans. Rooted in traditional Tuareg music but influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, Tinariwen’s music addresses political awakening, problems of exile, repression, and sovereignty.

Their lyrics and melodies heavily reflect the continued political turmoil of their native Northern Mali as the country struggles for independence. Over the years, Tinariwen amassed a devout following after an arduous journey of having their music bootlegged and traded around the region. Finally in the late 1990s, western musicians discovered Tinariwen and for the first time, their songs left the Sahara and were introduced to the world. Touted as a hypnotic and danceable combination of blues, Tuareg folk and rock, these musical prodigies turned rebel fighters have since worked alongside the likes of Jools Holland, Kanye West, PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys and more. Following which in the next decade, the nomads travelled the world, performing at nearly every notable festival and venue around the globe including Glastonbury, Coachella, Primavera Sound, Fuji Rock, and more. They also opened for Rolling Stones in 2007 and Red Hot Chilli Peppers in 2012.

In Singapore, these self-proclaimed military artists will present their back catalogue of music over the years, including their eighth and latest album, Elwan. This record reaffirms the Tuareg institution as one of the most legendary and influential African bands in recent decades. Elwan has been nominated for Best World Music Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Tinariwen Live in Singapore
Date: Saturday, 24th March 2018
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Time: 7.30pm