The nine-member ensemble Tartit, from the Sahara desert area of Mali, has been forced to cancel their nine-city, eight-concert September tour because of visa problems. The Tuareg collective was touring to support their album “Abacabok.”

Tartit is a Tuareg band consisting of five women and four men residing in the Timbuktu region of Mali. Tartit play quiet, hypnotic, trance-inducing music: the women sit down, sing, and play cyclic rhythms on their tinde drums while the men accompany them on string instruments–acoustic and electric. The men are veiled; the women are not. Tuareg society is one of the few throughout Africa in which women are allowed to choose and divorce their husbands.

Sept 19-20; Chicago World Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Sept 21; Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
Sept 22; CSPS, Cedar Rapids, IA
Sept 25; World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA
Sept 26; Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
Sept 27; University Of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Sept 28; Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Sept 29; Symphony Space, New York, NY

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