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Sahara Desert (1995 – present)

The Ensemble Tartit are Malian Tamashek (Tuareg), comprising five women and four men. Tartit means ‘union’ in their language. They met in a refugee camp in Burkina Faso, where their music was a means of survival against the social and political mayhem in the Sahara Desert.

Political strife for freedom and equality led, thus, to the formation of tartit in 1995. Within months after their foundation in 1995, Tartit performed their debut concert at the MASA Trade Fair for African Arts in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. In that same year they were invited to the Festival of Women’s Voices in Liege, Belgium. Tartit first toured Europe in 1998 and in 2000 they performed for the first time in North America. At the WOMAD Festival in Seattle, the group unrolled an exciting set of their own and joined fellow Malians Ali Farka Toure and Afel Bocoum on stage. They subsequently enchanted audiences at many podia, including the Festival of the Desert, where they unfolded their entrancing sounds alongside the aforementioned Malian artists and also with Tinariwen, Robert Plant, Oumou Sangare, Lo’Jo and Baba Salah. Tartit also collaborated with other musicians including the Irish singer-songwriter Susan McKeown in her album Sweet Liberty, and in compilations such as the double CD Reves d’ oasis - Desert Blues 2.


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  • cogsturning


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  • tavitooo

    Que buen grupo de mujeres! great sound minimalistic!. bless from PERU!

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • outrenoir

    I like these guys a lot, they have a very pure and hypnotic sound compared to some similar groups. The singing is especially gorgeous

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Ton87

    five women and four men > yeah that makes 18

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
  • patgoud


    7 Aug 2009 Reply
  • german_in_la

    Yeah, this is great. Love them almost as much as Tinariwen.

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • willako

    Never get bored of these guys and live they are amazing. Their music is something else just hypnotic and draws you in.

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • roomx

    great great great

    2 Oct 2008 Reply
  • xbryanx

    Discovered this great group via the recent Believer CD. This lovely twangy guitar is a perfect accompaniment to a summer's afternoon.

    23 Aug 2008 Reply

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