ETRAN DE L'AÏR (Niger / Sahel Sounds)

Monday, 15 November

ETRAN DE L'AÏR (Niger / Sahel Sounds)

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ETRAN DE L'AÏR (Niger / Sahel Sounds)
Etran de L'Aïr is one of the most respected bands in Agadez, the capital city of the Saharan guitar scene. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class. This changes in Fall 2021, as the band heads to Europe for their first-ever tour, including appearances at Le Guess Who and Festival Face Z.

In honor of the tour, Etran de L'Aïr has released the single "Toubouk Ine Chihoussay." Written by bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist Moussa "Abindi" Ibra, "Toubouk Ine Chihoussay" is Etran de L'Aïr's first internationally released studio recording, following 2018's live album No. 1 (named album of the year by The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich) and 2020's cellphone-recorded Music from Saharan WhatsApp 01 EP.

Translated to "Stars of Agadez," Etran de L'Aïr is one of the longest-running wedding bands in a city renowned for guitar. Constantly performing at outdoor weddings, both in the city and the surrounding countryside, Etran plays exhaustive concerts, late into the night. Even for a guitar band, they push the instrument to the extreme, with three guitars playing simultaneously, soloing over one another, creating a dreamy cacophony of sound.

Etran de L'Aïr will release their second album in 2022.

Tags: world, africa, niger, psych, rock, surf, tuareg guitar, Agadez, Sahel Sounds


Date & Time: 

Monday, 15 November, 2021 - 19:00 to 22:45


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