Their's is a music tied to place. The barren, beautiful and sometimes unforgiving Sahara desert provides the purpose and inspiration for their music. Robert Johnson, the master of the blues and foundation for rock and roll, might be a little surprised to find out his music resonates and influences a rock band 8O years after his death, 5,4OO miles and an ocean away. From Mississippi to Mali, the sound is unmistakable. However, the sand band plays a brand of rock most cannot recognize because this band invented it. While providing a respectful nod of the head to other influences, this is an African band from a landlocked country where suffering can be a way of life especially when half the country's people live on less than a buck and quarter a day. Robert Jonson used to say to people, no pain, no music. I have no knowledge of the personal background of the musicians in Terakaft. What I can tell you is that what you are about to hear is smack you in your face Sahara rock and roll.
* It should be pointed out bass player and vocals, Abdallah Ahmed was not present as he was awaiting permission to enter the country. His name might as well be John Smith. There are dozens, maybe hundreds of Abdallah Ahmeds on the U.S. no fly list.
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