Terakaft, from the North of Mali, is a desert rock outfit in the same mold as internationally-renowned Tinariwen, and the stark, harsh conditions of the Sahara have permeated its wild and free riffs.

The band was formed in 2001 with a line-up that included two former members of Tinariwen. Terakaft features two rhythm guitars, one keeping the beat effortlessly, the other soaring and sweet, the deep tones of a bass that suggests the delicate but strong steps of a camel, and a heartbeat of percussion that holds everyone together. The grooves they carve are so deep that if you fall in you may never come out again – or want to.

Terakaft's fourth album Aratan n Azawad (2010) is on the World Village label, and distributed throughout the world by Harmonia Mundi.

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