Tinariwen, Flea and Josh Klinghoffer 'Cler Achel'

Touareg band performs with Red Hot Chili Peppers

Ben Murray

On their fifth and most recent album, Tassili, North African Touareg band Tinariwen set aside their electric guitars for a more acoustic sound. During a show at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre this past September, however, they plugged in to perform "Cler Achel," from their 2007 LP Aman Iman, with Flea and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It wasn't the first time that Tinariwen teamed up with an American band – in fact, they recorded some of Tassili with members of the New York-based TV on the Radio. The band kicks off a series of North American tour dates in June.

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