Midnight Express: Tinariwen

Tinariwen is a band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali.


We don’t exactly know how many members are there but we know one thing that they share one passion: Music. The band was formed in 1979 in Libyan refugee camps but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. Tinariwen was founded by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who at age 4 witnessed the execution of his father during an uprising. Tinariwen who have adopted the nomadic way of life in the deserts, have released four albums and they blend local intruments with western guitars. Their favourite thing to do is gathering around the fire, making music with their electro-guitars which they carry on camel's back. Even though it is offensive in their culture to play intsruments out of their tribe, Ibrahim Ag Alhabib doesn’t really care about that. Their 2007  released album "Aman Iman" was a major breakthrough and lately they have been working on "Tassili" which is planned to be released in late August. Performed at giant festivals such as Glastonbury, Roskilde and Coachella festivals so far, multi-award winning Tinariwen will take the stage at Babylon on September 23-24!

Event Program

20:00 Doors Open
21:30 Tinariwen