Les Filles de Illighadad come from a secluded commune in central Niger, far off in the scrubland deserts at the edge of the Sahara. Fatou Seidi Ghali, lead vocalist and guitarist, is one of the only female Tuareg guitarists in Niger. Les Filles de Illighadad perform tende music, a traditional form dominated by women and played during celebrations and to pass the time during the late nights of the rainy season. Desert blues, synonymous with Tuareg music, evolved as men living in exile in the 70s in Libya and Algeria used guitar as a substitute for the call-and-response vocals of tende. In a place where gender norms have influenced the evolution of two the musics, Fatou and Les Filles de Illighadad are reasserting the role of tende in Tuareg guitar.
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