Group Inerane is led by guitarists Bibi Ahmed and Koudede Maman. The band's membership is ever changing, and can include up to a dozen members at any given time depending on the number of vocalists and percussionists. Group Inerane is in the second generation of the "desert blues" tradition. The first included Mali's Abdallah Oumbadougou, and the now-internationally renowned Tinariwen.
While Groupo Inerane's sound is well-grounded in the tradition of Tamashek guitar music from their region, their brand of the Tuareg blues is a modern construct: it melds slowly evolving, momentum-building, even aggressive guitar riffs, mesmerizing, minimal rhythmic patterns, near-psychedelic distortion and fuzz, chanted vocals, and a dynamic, forceful drum kit attack. Some critics claim to have heard similarities to the Velvet Underground, Link Wray, and even elements of Creedence Clearwater Revival's spooky long jams in their sound.
The band issued its debut album, Guitars from Agadez (Music of Niger) in 2007 on Sublime Frequencies and have been on the label ever since. Their second album, 2011's Guitars from Agadez, Vol. 3 (Guitars from Agadez, Vol. 2 was released by the third generation Tuareg guitar army Group Bombino). It was followed by the 7", three-track single Guitars from Agadez, Vol. 4, which was released to coincide with Group Inerane's first European tour. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi