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NEW MUSIC: Tinariwen - Chaghaybou.

Another great single and video from the ImuhaghMalian collective.

"Chaghaybou" is the second song, and fourth single released, on and from their 2014 album "Emmaar" recorded in and around Joshua Tree National Park where the band fled after being displaced by the Imuhagh rebellion that occurred after the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad declared Azawad independent from the Republic of Mali in April 2012.

Libyan photographer Sasi Harib's black and white portraits of Tuareg Libyan women at the Teniri Festival in Ghadames, Libya.

September: Highlighting African Photographers


Africa | Tuareg women in Agadez (northern Niger) decorating leather saddle bags | ©René Gardi, ‘Artisans Africains: Recontres Et Choses Vecues En Afrique Occidentale – Hardcover (1970)


Africa | Tuareg women in Agadez (northern Niger) decorating leather saddle bags | ©René Gardi, ‘Artisans Africains: Recontres Et Choses Vecues En Afrique Occidentale – Hardcover (1970)

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"Before, we never made our music to commercialize it, we only made it for ourselves."

Members of Nigerien band Entran Finatawa discuss being exposed to music outside of their traditional settings through artists such as Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix and Ali Farka Touree, and how the musical styles of these three artists led to them forming a band and developing their own sound.

Although the band initially started out with two Tuareg women vocalists, after getting married a year and a half into the band’s existence, the two women were no longer permitted to make music as Tuareg culture does not permit married women to do so. With the original 12-member band then reduced to 10 - six Peul (Fulani)-Wodaabe and six Tuareg individuals, the band was soon forced to split the group due to high traveling costs with six members continuing to tour and play music, and four remaining in Niger.

The remaining six members penned the music for the band’s sophomore album, consisting of a new sound with lyrical content that highlights the issues facing their communities, such as drought and the rapid urban migration of ‘nomads’ to the city who’ve had to leave their pastoral lives behind, and the exploitation of labor that happens as a result of it.


Tuareg. Begegnungen in der Sahara. Algerien 1990

"Tuareg: Encounters in the Sahara. Algeria, 1990"

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Stills from Toumast, documentary retracing the History of Touareg people in Niger, between rebellions, music, culture and daily life. Starring Aminitou Goumar and Moussa Ag Keyna from the musical duo Toumast.


A Touareg (Imazighen) vendor on the shores of Assinie Beach, Cote d’Ivoire


A Touareg (Imazighen) vendor on the shores of Assinie Beach, Cote d’Ivoire

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The Imzad Lesson

Tamasheq women playing imzad, a monochord bowed string instrument.

Tamanrasset, Hoggar, South Algeria. October 2009

© Arnaud Contreras www.arnaudcontreras.com


A Imuhagh (Tuareg), goat leather panel from Mauritania. 

Portrait of Tuareg Men and Women in Mali

Photography by Mark Brunner

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Tuareg in Mali


H. Grobe

Al Jazeera spoke to Moussa Ag Al Sarid, the Communications Director of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA).

He says their fight for Mali’s north is not over.

The rebel’s decision to rertreat from the northern cities was to “avoid a bloodbath”, and a way to confront the armed groups away from civilians, says al Sarid. He maintains Tuareg forces still hold the five borders of the northern province Azawad.

Al Sarid says that allies of the Malinese government are trying to crush the MNLA’s goal of an independent Azawad, and may be supporting the armed Islamist forces, though he could not specify who.

After the northern territory was captured by Tuareg separatists following a March 22 coup, al Qaeda linked groups managed to expell the rebels from their self-declared rule, suspending Tuareg plans for statehood. With large parts of the country left unstable and disconnected from central rule, Tuareg rebels try to regroup, without the resources or funds enjoyed by their rivals.

(Related: Watch Al Jazeera’s video interview with UNESCO)


Tuareg girl in Ghadames, Libya


Tuareg girl in Ghadames, Libya


Portrait of a Tuareg man in Segou, Mali

Photo by Anthony Pappone

Members of the Nigerian band Etran Finatawa, a Wodaabe-Tuareg group whose sound is a fusion between their traditional sounds and western instruments.

Their name, Etran Finatawa, means ‘stars of tradition’.

The band was formed in 2004 and has since produced three albums, and their debut album Introducing Etran Finatawa (2006) was nominated for a BBC Radio Award for World Music.