Etran de L'Aïr
Hidden Musics (2021)
Hailing from the town of Agadez, which is known as “the gateway to the desert”, Etran de L’Aïr capture the pulse of everyday life at weddings, baptisms, political events, outdoor soirees alike. Etran’s brand of Sahara blues deviates with its use of three guitars instead of two, sounding more live-wired and unfettered than any of their peers. Operating on a headstrong grassroots level, these stars of the air stand at the vanguard of innovation, drawing more from artists like Oumou Sangaré and Ali Farka Touré than the established Tuareg ensembles.
Photography by Christopher Kirkley