Smart Bets: Imarhan Timbuktu

“At dance clubs and private parties in northern Mali, Imarhan Timbuktu [Those Who Love Timbuktu] had provided much of the grooving soundtrack to life over the past 10 years,” according to the band’s bio. That party was interrupted by the arrival of political turmoil in the band’s homeland — conflict that drove group members to refugee camps in neighboring countries. The music, however, continued. Electric guitar mixes with traditional hand drums, and dance and protest music collide to create the band’s contemporary sound, which is inextricable from the traditions of the Sahara. The desert blues band will play at The Mothlight on Monday, March 17, at 9:30 p.m. NYMPH and Green Glass also perform. $8. themothlight.com. Photo courtesy of the band

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