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The intimately connected threads of American blues and African musical tradition collided onstage last night at the Triple Door.

Listening to the band’s guitar work, there’s no getting around the Lightnin’ Hopkins-meets-Mississippi Fred McDowell vibe. It could be argued however that Blues music is, at its core, an African medium; it just happened to solidify in America from a stew of ancient spirituals and the songs of field workers. By that logic, it’s no wonder Tinariwen’s guitars sound familiar to Western ears.

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