Tinariwen. Andy Warhol Museum.

Andy Warhol Museum

April 1 (sold out)
8 p.m.


Those lucky enough to have snagged tickets to Tinariwen‘s Warhol Museum debut will be treated to a rare set of Saharan desert rock right in our own backyard. With musicians of the genre such as Khaira Arby touring internationally over the past few years, as well as documentaries such as Desert Blues and Dambé: The Mali Project, the rich musical legacy of Northern Africa has been embraced and discovered by wider audiences.

A Tuareg group founded by guitarist and vocalist Ibrahim Ag Alhabib in the Sahara Desert of northern Mali, Tinariwen formed in 1979 in rebel camps of Colonel Gaddafi, and was forced from their nomadic lifestyle into involuntary military service. Taking its moniker from a word meaning “empty places,” the group’s members traded in the more traditional lutes and shepherd’s flutes of their homeland to pick up electric guitars and drums, developing a highly unique and distinct style that blends elements of western blues and rock bands, African tribal chants and Middle Eastern traditions.

Sharing an authentic hybrid style of music composition and live performance that incorporates hypnotic guitar lines, repetitive layered vocal melodies and shifting rhythmic patterns, Tinariwen crafts songs that address realities such as political awakening, exile and repression. The band signed to the US label Anti Records in 2010, and has toured extensively, appearing at major festivals such as WOMAD and Bonnaroo. Fresh off the heels of releasing their new 14-song album Emmaar, which received a 2014 Grammy for Best World Music, the eclectic group performs in The Warhol’s newly refurbished Lobby.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...