Next month, the great Toureg desert blues band Tinariwen return with their new album Elwan. And as with their last album, 2014’s Emmaar, the band recorded it in Joshua Tree, California because they’ve been forced to flee from their Mali homeland. They’ve just shared the new song “Assawt,” a dedication to the Tamashek women fighting for freedom in Mali. Like so many Tinariwen songs, it’s a hypnotic piece of work, one that still resonates as blues despite coming from a very different culture. Check it out below, via Flood Magazine.
Elwan is out 2/10 on Anti-.