For more than thirty years, an abrasive guitar storm has wracked the Sahara. Iconic of the Tuareg resistance in the 1990s, Tinariwen's blues are still brilliantly current. Fleeing the terror of jihad, the collective had to leave the dunes of Mali and Algeria. Their eighth album, Elwan, arose from several recording sessions in the south of Morocco as well as in the Californian desert. It was there, in the famous Rancho de la Luna studio, that Tinariwen played with American artists including Kurt Vile and Mark Lanegan. These voyages left intact their sound, inspired equally by the pioneering Ali Farka Touré and rock bootlegs that were circulating in the desert. In the style they call assouf, Tinariwen sings of war and nostalgia for their land. Their arid and haunting riffs, stemming from unshakable determination, will rock the Lab. Under threat and in exile, their music is all the more poignant.