Tinariwen with Kyp Malone & Tunde Adebimpe

  • Aired:  11/29/11
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Eyadou ag Leche of Tinariwen discusses his band's Western musical influences and the band members' days in Muammar al-Gaddafi's rebel training camps. (5:18)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OH, SUCH FUN.

FOLKS, MY GUEST TONIGHT ARE A

NORTH AFRICAN REFUGEE BAND-- SO

THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS ARE

SLIGHTLY BETTER THAN MOST

AMERICAN BANDS.

PLEASE WELCOME TINARIWEN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING US.

NOW, I'VE GOT TO MAKE

INTRODUCTIONS HERE FIRST.

STARTING OFF WE HAVE OUR OLD

FRIENDS FROM T.V. ON THE RADIO

KIP AND TONDAY.

GOOD TO SEE YOU GUYS.

(APPLAUSE)

KIP, I'M GAD TO SEE YOU'RE STILL

WINNING THE BEARD BATTLE.

(LAUGHTER)

THIS IS LOLA.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: LOLA, YOU WILL BE

TRANSLATING FOR US TODAY.

YOU WILL BE TRANSLATING FOR

TUAMI, RAIN HIM AND YADU,

CORRECT?

>> YES.

>> AND MY PRONUNCIATION IS GOOD?

>> YES.

>> YOU'RE VERY KIND LIARS.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: NOW YOU ARE IN

TINARIWEN, YES?

>> TINARIWEN, YES.

> Stephen: YOU ARE FROM MALI,.>

CORRECT?

>> UH-HUH.

>> Stephen: HOW DID T.V. ON

THE RADIO HOOK UP WITH NOMADIC

MUSICIANS FROM MALI?

TONDAY?

>> I THINK IT WAS IN CALIFORNIA,

ACTUALLY.

>> Stephen: JUST RAN INTO EACH

OTHER AT A STARBUCKS?

>> YEAH, THERE'S A REALLY

AWESOME DELI IN VENTURA.

WE WERE AT A FESTIVAL TOGETHER,.

>> Stephen: COACH ELLA?

>> COACHELLA, YEAH.

AND WE'VE BEEN IN TOUCH EVER

SINCE AND THEY INVITED US TO BE

ON THEIR NEW RECORD WHICH FELT

REALLY HONORED TO DO.

>> Stephen: NOW THE NEW RECORD

IS CALLED "TASSILI."

LOLA, IF YOU DON'T MIND

TRANSLATING FOR ME HERE.

STEPHEN COLBERT IS A VERY

HANDSOME MAN.

>> Stephen: .

>> (LAUGHS)

(SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

>> THEY SAY THEY CAN SEE THAT.

HAD YOU FELLAS EVER HEARD OF

T.V. ON THE RADIO?

>> YES.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: YES, YES THEY HAD.

>> YOU BEAD SURPRISED AT THE

REACH OF WESTERN CULTURE.

>> I KNOW THE REACH OF WESTERN

CULTURE.

I AM WESTERN CULTURE.

(APPLAUSE)

IS THERE A BIG MUSIC SCENE IN

THE DESERT OF MALI?

(LAUGHTER)

>> YES.

(LAUGHTER)

>> I UNDERSTAND THESE FELLAS

WERE IN QADDAFI'S MILITARY TRAIN

TRAINING CAMP TO TRAIN AS REBELS

IN THE MALI CIVIL WAR.

IS THAT TRUE?

WOULD YOU ASK THAT?

>> HE SAYS THAT FIRST OF ALL

THEY DIDN'T GO THERE JUST TO BE

IN THE QADDAFI ARMY.

THEY WENT THERE... THEY WENT TO

LIBYA TO FIND A BETTER LIFE.

>> I UNDERSTAND.

>> AND THEN HE SAYS SOME OF THEM

THEY WENT TO... THEY WALKED

EVERYWHERE, SOME OF THEM THEY

DECIDED TO GO TO ARMY BECAUSE

THEY DIDN'T HAVE A CHOICE.

THEY DIDN'T... YOU KNOW...

>> Stephen: HAVE A JOB.

>> A JOB.

RIGHT.

THAT WAS THE JOB.

>> Stephen: YOU'VE BEEN

TOURING FOR SICK MONTHS.

WHO ARE SOME WESTERN MUSICIANS

YOU THINK ARE GREAT?

YOU'RE BERBERS, I ASSUME BIEBER.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: OH, THAT'S VERY

NICE.

SO THIS IS YOUR LAST... THIS IS

YOUR LAST NIGHT BEFORE YOU FLY

BACK TO MALI TOMORROW.

IF I CAN GIVE YOU SOME ADVICE:

DON'T WEAR THIS IN SECURITY.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU DON'T HAVE TO TRANSLATE THAT

ONE.

ALL RIGHT, WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

WITH A

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