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Pulled over by police for not having their identity papers after midnight, they were taken to the station, a concrete box with a corrugated roof and bonfires blazing outside. The band's guide begged the police to release them, but to no avail. He then called the owner of the venue where they'd been playing, and once she arrived at the station -- with her boyfriend, an army captain -- the musicians were immediately released.
Just three weeks earlier, the quintet was on its way to Timbuktu to play the annual Festival in the Desert. All of them spend time in other bands, including Arcade Fire, Balkan Beat Box, and Antibalas, but this journey was an endeavor for the voracious musical explorers of the Sway Machinery...
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