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Toumast: Ishumar
Buy! - (Real World)
Toumast follows in the footsteps of the great Saharan Tuareg band Tinariwen, though they bring a bit more of a modern edge to their hypnotic desert blues on this excellent debut album. Like Tinariwen, Toumast blend traditional Tuareg trance music with stinging electric guitars on songs about their people’s nomadic desert life and the armed struggles they have waged against various African governments (Toumast’s frontman Moussa Ag Kenya was himself injured in combat while the group was on hiatus). 2/26/2008 - Don Yates