Etran Finatawa: Introducing Etran Finatawa (World Music Network) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2006

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Etran Finatawa: Introducing Etran Finatawa (World Music Network) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2006

From the same emotional source and geographical location -- the sub-Sahara around Niger -- as the thrilling and now well-known Tinariwen comes this equally extraordinary band.

Their mesmerising guitars have no exact counterpart in Western blues, folk or rock (although every now and again something eerily familiar pops out) and that alone -- along with just about everything else about them -- makes this group of musicians from the nomadic Toareg and Wodaabe peoples of the Sahara unique.

Not since I first heard Fela Kuti, Bob Marley (see tags) or King Sunny Ade have I been so captivated and seduced by "a sound".

Stunning. 

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