Le Festival Au Désert
by Various Artists
Released: Oct 2003
Festival In The Desert ranks among the great live albums of all time. African musicians from all over the continent gathered in the heart of Touareg territory -- Essakane, Mali, a three-day camel ride from Timbuktu -- to play desert music to desert dwellers, but the festival became so much more: impromptu jam sessions filled goat skin tents during the day (in between camel races) and live music rang out all night. Robert Plant showed up and sang, but he's eclipsed by the stunning sounds of artists you've never heard of: Takamba Super Onze, Tartit, Sehdoum Ehl Aida.
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