Meet the other ti­tans of desert blues.

MDOU MOC­TAR Wield­ing a lefthanded Fen­der, and of­ten us­ing heavy vo­cal dis­tor­tion, the mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing star of Rain the Color of Blue with a Lit­tle Red

in It is cur­rently push­ing desert blues in an even more psy­che­delic di­rec­tion. His 2013 al­bum,

Afe­lane, be­came a vi­ral suc­cess both in and out of Africa by be­ing shared over mo­bile phones.

GROUP INERANE Hail­ing from north­ern Niger, Group Inerane is most no­table for its du­el­ing-gui­tar riffs and ’60s-era psy­che­delic sound. One of its two gui­tarists, Adi Mo­hamed, was killed by govern­ment sol­diers near Agadez dur­ing a 2010 up­ris­ing.

TI­NARI­WEN Founded in the early 1980s, this Mal­ibased mu­sic col­lec­tive pi­o­neered Tuareg gui­tar mu­sic. Most of the group’s mem­bers fought on the front lines dur­ing one or more of the re­bel­lions. Their 2011 al­bum,

Tas­sili, recorded in the Al­ge­rian desert and fea­tur­ing TV on the Ra­dio and Nels Cline of Wilco, won a Grammy for Best World Mu­sic Al­bum.

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