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Oct. 2: Etran Finatawa Showcases Nomadic Blues at Carnegie Mellon's International Festival


Abby Houck

Etran Finatawa Showcases Nomadic Blues
At Carnegie Mellon's International Festival

Etran FinatawaEvent: A nomadic blues group from Niger will hold two performances at Carnegie Mellon University's International Festival. Etran Finatawa, which means "stars of tradition," combines modern electric guitar with calabasse (gourd) drums, string instruments, vocal music, handclapping and dancing. Performers adorn their faces with yellow paint while wearing long tunics, leather hose and turbans.

In addition to the performances, Etran Finatawa will present "Harmony: Building Peace Through Music," a lecture about how the group fuses sounds from two of Niger's 11 tribes — the Tuareg and Wodaabe-Fulani — as a symbol of peace and reconciliation. The tribes share pastures and water sources along the desert's fringes, which has led to a history of conflict.

The lecture and performances are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the performances and will be available at Carnegie Mellon's University Center Information Desk beginning Oct. 2. More information on Etran Finatawa is available at

When: Lecture: 2-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11.
Performances: 7:30-8:30 p.m. and 9-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11.

Where: Lecture: Connan Room, Carnegie Mellon's University Center.
Performances: Rangos Ballroom, Carnegie Mellon's University Center.

Pictured above is Etran Finatawa. Photo by Ulf Lieden.