They are six musicians – Tuareg and Wodaabe people now based in Niamey, Niger. Many of the songs on Desert Crossroads reflect their longing to return to their roots – the nomadic lifestyle which relies on cattle, the great expanse of the Sahelian grasslands and never-ending dunes of the Sahara.
April 18 New York NY – Symphony Space
April 20 Rosendale NY – Rosendale Theater
April 21 Arlington, VA – IOTA Club
April 26 Lafayette LA Festival Int’l. de Louisiane
April 27 Lafayette LA Festival Int’l. de Louisiane
April 29 Santa Monica, CA – Temple Bar
April 30 Chicago IL – Old Town School of Folk Music
Buy Etran Finatawa‘s CDs:
- In North America Desert Crossroads (Coming soon) and Introducing Etran Finatawa
- In Europe: Desert Crossroads ad Introducing Etran Finatawa
Author: TJ Nelson
TJ Nelson is a regular CD reviewer and editor at World Music Central. She is also a fiction writer. Check out her latest book, Chasing Athena’s Shadow.
Set in Pineboro, North Carolina, Chasing Athena’s Shadow follows the adventures of Grace, an adult literacy teacher, as she seeks to solve a long forgotten family mystery. Her charmingly dysfunctional family is of little help in her quest. Along with her best friends, an attractive Mexican teacher and an amiable gay chef, Grace must find the one fading memory that holds the key to why Grace’s great-grandmother, Athena, shot her husband on the courthouse steps in 1931.
Traversing the line between the Old South and New South, Grace will have to dig into the past to uncover Athena’s true crime.