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Etran Finatawa

Formed in Niger in 2004, this group brings together traditional Arab and African music. Members of the band come from Tuareg and Wodaabe, nomadic groups whose heritage rests primarily in tending livestock in southern Sahara. The band’s personnel varies, numbering usually between six and 10, and has included Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla, Bammo Agonla, Bagui Bouga, Ghalitane Khamidoune, Zaid Ag Abdoul Jamil and Mamane Tankari. Tuareg members chiefly play string instruments, traditionally a form of violin but latterly also acoustic and electric guitar, and percussion. Since the addition of the guitar, the form of music played by the Tuareg has been named ‘ichumar’. The Wodaabe sing in their own language, Fulfulde, and in the language of the Tuareg, Tamasheck, and use calabasse drums. They also dance in a slow, rhythmic manner.

Since their first appearance at a desert music festival in Timbuktu, Mali, Etran Finatawa has performed in Erfoud, Morocco, and toured Europe where they have given concerts in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland (appearing at the World Music Festival), Eire (World Cultures Festival), and England (WOMAD). An April 2008 tour of the USA included dates in California, Illinois, Louisiana and New York. Members of the band have included Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla, Bammo Agnola, Bagui Bouga, Ghalitane Khamidoune, Zaid Ag Abdoul Jamil and Mamane Tankari.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Sahara Sessions

1. Matinfa

2. Gonga Timouhar

3. Icheraid Azaman

4. Wa Oyan A Wa Imouss I Bastila

5. An Mataf Germanawen

6. Eldam

7. Ahewalan

8. Bakuba

9. Atherkal

10. Djojarere

11. Issuad

12. Is Ler Is Salan

13. In De Hallad

14. Im Raharan

15. Taborilit

16. Toumast

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Track List: Tarkat Tajje

1. Aitimani

2. Diam Walla

3. Aitma

4. Ndiiren

5. Gourma

6. Daande

7. Duuniyaaru Dillii

8. Imuzaran

9. Ummee Ndaaren

10. Kalamoujar

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Track List: Desert Crossroads

1. Saghmar N Nanna

2. Kel Tamasheck

3. Iguefan

4. Tea Ceremony I

5. Jama'aare

6. Tekana

7. Ganyo Maada

8. Soto

9. Asistan

10. Bagui's Soundscape

11. Gaynaako

12. Alghalem Taxat

13. Tea Ceremony II

14. Amidinine

15. Naanaaye

16. Tea Ceremony III

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Track List: Introducing

1. Surbajo

2. A Dunya

3. Iledeman

4. Aliss

5. Maleele

6. Iriarer

7. Ekenan

8. Anadjibo

9. Ronde

10. Heeme

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Stunning sounds of the soul
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Ethan finatawa 4 life son ur awesome guys
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I cud get stuck 4 LIFE on this 1 station..... . T h a n k u, Pandora!!!
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OWWWWWW!!! Hit me, Fred!!! I mean,Etran!! ! ! I N C R E D I B L E STUFF!!!
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Free kin awesome
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Yet another reason life is grand....
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vgonzalez203 3
Who cares were it's from it's amazing!!!!! And I'm mexican
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West Africa. Understand if you don't know about Africa, it's all relative, the music, the language, the culture, everything. Melodically, the music is similar. In south Africa there is definitely distinctiven e s s in their sounds, and DRC, but for the most part it's all relative. There are genres obviously, vocal, drum based, melodic, Afro beat, etc
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they are from Niger
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jhonnyb16, It sounds NW African to me.
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This has to be from the eastern part of Africa, it kind of sounds like a mix between eritrea, arabic, and ethiopian melody.

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