Fresh Air music reviewer Milo Miles did a piece on the 2012 soundtrack to the Festival au Desert, the world music festival that usually takes place near Timbuktu in Mali.
The violence and unrest in Mali (due to Islamic radicals in the northern part of the country) has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and, inevitably, the cancellation of this year’s lineup. So now, instead, some of the artists are performing at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors, a long way from West Africa, performing as refugees. Singer guitarist Mamadou Kelly referred to the nomadic show as "a ‘caravan for peace’ and a ‘festival in exile.’"
The video above is Toureg rock band Tinariwen singing one of their most popular songs, “Amassakoul.”