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In the decades since they emerged from the Saharan desert area of Northern Mali, nomadic guitar slingers Tinariwen have been schooling the world one adoring audience at a time about their truly unique brand of Tuareg blues rock. Now, it’s time for Aotearoa to be reminded just why this very special band’s players are considered the true ambassadors of their genre.

Counting amongst their fans the likes of Thom Yorke, Carlos Santana, Cat Power, and Wilco, and having collaborated with the likes of The Dirty Three’s Warren Ellis, Kurt Vile, Cass McCombs, and Daniel Lanois, Tinariwen are truly hot property, and these upcoming appearances in Auckland and Wellington will be rare treats indeed.

For the uninitiated, Tinariwen are known for pioneering a thrilling fusion of West African and Arabic musical traditions with Western blues, rock, country, and folk sounds. Their songs are at once political and poetic, with lyrics confronting the often fraught social changes and upheavals happening in their homelands, all while being the best in the business when it comes to getting a crowd moving.

We could speak of the Grammys, the countless shows played across the globe, and give you more endorsements from Tinariwen’s endless list of famous fans, but really, all you need to know is taken from a Guardian review that described their playing as both ‘deft’ and ‘fearless’: