Journalist Andy Morgan spent a big part of his career managing bands from Mali, most notably the Touareg group Tenariwen.
Last Friday, as news came out about the shooting at the Bataclan in Paris, he couldn't help but remember when Tenariwen played that venue.
“In the landscape of French showbiz, the Bataclan is one of those ‘arrival’ venues. Once you’ve played there, you know your ship has come in,” he wrote in an essay entitled, “The Bataclan and the battle for music.”
Tenariwen played the venue back in 2007. And it was an experience like no other recalls Morgan.