Tinariwen



One of West Africa's finest musical exports - the Grammy-award winning guitar poets and Touareg nomads from the Sahara desert - bring Walthamstow Garden Party to a joyful, exuberant close. 

The soundtrack of the Touareg revolution in the 1990s was made by electric guitars. Rhythms inspired by the gait of the camels, somewhere between the Malian blues and the melismas of the Maghreb. Blues from the desert whose lyrics rage against indifference and express nostalgia for their lifestyle that has existed for thousands of years. Tinariwen's rolling, yearning grooves and uncompromising messages of simplicity and freedom, distilled over twenty years of struggle, rebellion and exile, have earned them countless accolades, the attention of high-profile fans such as Robert Plant, Santana and Thom Yorke, and the enduring respect of their own people.