Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing Etran Finatawa

Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing Etran Finatawa

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Introducing Etran Finatawa

by Etran Finatawa (World Music Network Intro105 CD)

From the first moment that a Wodaabe man danced across the screen of Werner Herzog's film, Herdsmen of the Sun (1988), it was clear that these painted Saharan nomads had star quality and they had it in buckets; further exposure was only a matter of when. To be fair, Introducing Etran Flnatawa ('Stars of Tradition') is about much more than good looks. The annual Festival in the Desert in Mali has whetted an international appetite for the polyphonic songs of the region, and Etran Finatawa certainly deliver.

A debut from a 10-strong group of Tuareg and Wodaabe male nomads, there's much merit in its high-tempo, ear on the ear arrangements of traditional sounds. …

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