The Band Minus the Sand

Saharan sounds at The Glee

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Two minute quiz? Which Malian band has opened for the Rolling Stones, been joined on stage by Flea from the Chili Peppers, played The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and been championed by the heady mixture which is Bono, Elvis Costello, Thom Yorke and Carlos Santana? Tinariwen release their seventh album on Monday, which it will be bringing to The Glee next month. Think lutes, shepherd's flutes and a one-string fiddle, telling traditional Tuareg melodies and rhythms. The primary percussion instrument to lead you into some sort of Saharan trance is the tindé drum, typically played by women to accompany tribal occasions in Northern Mali, an area the band were not able to record their latest album in given the continued unrest. Expand your musical mind on March 8. Tickets are £22.50. No prizes for the quiz. Soz.

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