Among the Tuareg of Libya: Folk Music of the Sahara | Chicago Reader

Among the Tuareg of Libya: Folk Music of the Sahara

Richard Bishop (bassist for the Sun City Girls) and Hisham Mayet shot this video documentary at an unnamed music festival in a Saharan trading depot called Ghadames. Their subjects, the Tuareg or Kel Tamashek, are a nomadic people who've spent centuries drifting through Algeria, Libya, Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, and their ritual music is wild, hypnotic stuff filled with call-and-response vocals, syncopated hand claps, and relentless rhythms. The editing is very rough and the video lacks structure, but the vitality of the performances keep this watchable. 60 min.

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