Saturday Tinariwen: Many rock stars like to claim they're nomads; these African blues players are. Ibrahim Ag Alhabib and his bandmates are Tuareg -- Saharan wanderers with connections to Malian rebel movements -- whose entrancing, organic sound invokes the meaning of the group's name: empty places. The band's deep, psychedelic groove is sexy and tough in ways that the term "world music" just doesn't capture. Just ask self-professed fans Carlos Santana and Robert Plant.
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