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Boulder,CO: Festival In The Desert: Tinariwen & Vieux Farka Toure

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    This Friday 11.02!! www.bouldertheater.com Tinariwen , the Tuareg nomads-turned-rock-performers The band made waves throughout the Sahara Desert playing what
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      This Friday 11.02!! www.bouldertheater.com

      Tinariwen , the Tuareg nomads-turned-rock-performers The band made
      waves throughout the Sahara Desert playing what became the soundtrack
      for Tuareg independence and reconciliation. Now they are making waves
      in the American and European rock scenes. Tinariwen's edgy- bluesy
      sound has earned them fans like Robert Plant and Carlos Santana,
      whose music inspired Tinariwen's members when they first picked up
      guitars. While Plant has dedicated his career to exploring and
      exploiting the bent blues note he recognizes as African, Tinariwen
      listened to Led Zeppelin while in military training camps in Algeria.
      The lyrics on Aman Iman tell of exile, struggle, and division. The
      fierce nomadic Tuareg people faced significant limitations and
      subjugation, first at the hands of French colonizers, and then by the
      Malian government in the post-colonial era; a resistance movement
      emerged and leading to bloodshed. Surviving Tuaregs faced
      displacement, exile, and unemployment: factors creating a ripe
      musical crossroads of Tuareg tradition and rebellion. Singing of
      their plight, as well as of the need to adapt to their changing
      world, Tinariwen band members transposed Tuareg tradition and
      problems onto electric guitars. The humanity, the wonder and the epic
      sweep of the Tinariwen story doesn't need any romantic
      embellishments. It is the raw tale of an everyman who was cut off
      from history and embraced the modern world, who lost his home and
      found solace in the guitar, who through pain and exile invented a new
      style of music that could express himself and his people.

      Mali's bluesman Ali Farka Touré has passed the torch onto his son
      Vieux Farka Touré, whose self-titled first album features the final
      studio recordings of the older Touré before his death in March 2006.
      Billboard recently claimed Toure as one of five acts on the verge of
      a breakthrough (June 2007). Vieux was not always the obvious
      successor to Ali's musical legacy. It wasn't until Ali had lost much
      of his movement to bone cancer that Ali realized just how musically
      adept Vieux had become. Growing up, Vieux played calabash (a unique-
      sounding dried gourd drum used in Mali) and other percussion, but his
      father didn't want Vieux to face the same struggles he had as a
      musician and discouraged him from following the same path. The Touré
      family comes from a noble lineage, in a land where musicians usually
      come from a musical caste. Ali wanted his son to become a soldier,
      but Vieux secretly took up the guitar behind closed doors. Without
      his father's consent Vieux enrolled in the Arts Institute in Bamako,
      the same institution where Habib Koite and many other Malian
      musicians of note studied. Vieux's strength as a singer and guitarist
      peppers his songs with Malian sounds that elevate his African
      tradition, and his expert playing of the calabash reflects his former
      innocence and lasting determination to create music. Celebrating the
      gift he and his father shared Vieux brings his talent to Boulder
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