Festival In The Desert

Mr. 1537 raved about this set a long while back, and I’ve spent the intervening time trying to find a copy that wasn’t too expensive. Finally, success! And holy shit, as always, the man was absolutely right. This set is incredible

I’ve got it all here in 80 words…

Live from Festival In The Desert (Essakane, near Timbuktu, Mali, January 6-8, 2003), this set is absolutely killer. I knew a few artists (Tinariwen, Oumou Sangaré, Ali Farka Touré), but most is new-to-me brilliance.

Sole westerner track is Robert Plant (with Justin Adams) doing a supremely bluesy “Win My Train Fare Home.”  But for me the real meat is the rest of the disc, in that gorgeous beat, that rhythm of life, that soul… Hands-down: Stunning.


The Tracks:
Takamba Super Onze – Super 11
Afel Bocoum – Buri Baalal
Tartit – Tihar Bayatin
Robert Plant And Justin Adams – Win My Train Fare Home
Sedoum Ehl Aïda – Ya Moulana
Lo’Jo + Django – Jah Kas Cool Boy
Oumou Sangaré – Wayena
Ali Farka Touré – Karaw
Tinariwen – Aldachan Manin
Adama Yalomba – Politique
Tidawt – Ariyalan
Ludovico, Einaudi & Ballaké Sissoko – Chameaux
Kel Tin Lokiene – Ihama
Kwal + Foy-Foy – Le Juge Ment
Tindé – Wana
Aïcha Bint Chihaly – Koultouleili-Khhalett La
Igbayen – Oubilalian
Baba Salah – Fady Yeïna
Blackfire – What Do You See
Django – Laisse-Moi Dire


Posted on March 1, 2017, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. This sounds great. Do you have favorite tracks? It seems like this was an immersive full-album experience….

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  2. Very interested in this. Do tell us more!


  3. So pleased you liked this. Possibly my favourite live album (not difficult, because I’m no fan of them). It’s got my fave Tinariwen recording on it.

    Years ago through work I met a guy who had been to this festival. They can’t hold it now because the region is far too dangerous.


    • Loved it, in fact! I remember you mentioning the Tinariwen track. It’s gorgeous. So many tracks to love here, though. What a feel… hot danm! THANK YOU FOR THE RECOMMEND!!!

      That dude was lucky to be there. What a show! Shame it’s too dangerous now, this would’ve made a brilliant series.

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