The name “Etran de L’Air” translates to “the Stars of the Air,” the mountainous region of Northern Niger. They are based in the town of Agadez, an urban center renowned for the electric guitar and the Western named “desert blues.” In the Sahara, this electric guitar genre is intertwined with social function. It’s a lucrative commerce, and gigging bands make their living in weddings, baptisms, and political events. Etran de L’Air is one of Agadez’s longest playing groups on the circuit. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class.