Artist Spotlight: Faris Amine

Playing with renowned groups like Tinariwen and Terakaft, Faris Amine explored the music that’s been dubbed ‘Desert Blues.’ Listen to him play and sing, and hear the roots connection between American blues and the music of the Sahel and Sahara regions, the home of the Kel Tamasheq or Tuareg people – Amine’s people. In his 2015 album Mississippi to Sahara, Faris brings 12 rural Delta blues songs back home to Africa where it all began, revisiting them in the guitar style known as assouf and showing how close the souls of these two worlds are to each other.