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Etran Finatawa

Etran Finatawa
Etran Finatawa performing at the 2011 Hillside Festival
Background information
Origin Niger
Genres Afro-beat / Blues / Roots Music / African Music[1]
Years active 2005 to present
Labels World Music Network/Riverboat Records[2]
Website .com.etranfinatawawww

Etran Finatawa is a Niger-based band, formed in 2004 during the Festival au Désert near Timbuktu, Mali. The music of Etran Finatawa blends the traditional music of the Wodaabe and Tuareg people with western instruments such as the electric guitar.[3]

Since 2005 they have toured extensively in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia.[4][5] In 2007, their debut album Introducing Etran Finatawa (2006) was nominated for a BBC Radio Award for World Music.[6] They released their follow-up, Desert Crossroads, in 2008, and in 2010 released Tarkat Tajje/Let's Go. In 2013, the band released their fourth album, "The Sahara Sessions".[7]

The name of the band means "the stars of tradition".


Studio albums
  • Introducing Etran Finatawa (2006)
  • Desert Crossroads (2008)
  • Tarkat Tajje/Let's Go (2010)
  • The Sahara Sessions (2013)
Contributing artist


  1. ^ "ETRAN FINATAWA | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos". Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Etran Finatawa - Recordings". FidjoMusic. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "NPR: Niger's Nomadic Blues". Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon (2008-04-21). "New York Times Tour Review: Etran Finatawa: Evoking Their Desert Home in Song". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  5. ^ Mitter, Siddhartha (2008-09-07). "In Etran Finatawa, Bands Unite: Boston Globe". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  6. ^ "BBC- Awards for World Music 2007". Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  7. ^ Tangari, Joe (10 June 2013). "Etran Finatawa: The Sahara Sessions". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

External links

  • Etran Finatawa Official Site
  • Etran Finatawa: Niger's Nomadic Blues: NPR feature on Etran Finatawa
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