Tinariwen - Radio Tisdas Sessions
2001's Radio Tisdas Sessions was the point when this Malian desert-blues band - who'd been together since 1979(!) - really made a splash in the international music scene. It's a glorious collection of mantra-blues tracks which deftly show their influences, from the traditional music of their homeland to the juke-joint blues of America. North African music at its finest, and this deluxe 2LP set with a mega-handsome package is the way to truly enjoy it.