Matador Records will release Afrique Victime, the long-awaited new album by Mdou Moctar.
On Afrique Victime the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky ¬– boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and “rock music” by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.
Mdou’s home is Agadez, a desert village in rural Niger. Inspired by YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen’s six string techniques and traditional Tuareg melodies, he mastered the guitar and created his own burning style. A born charismatic, Mdou went on to tell his story as an aspiring artist by writing, producing & starring in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai – which translates to “Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It” – winning the approval of his family and his community. The word and the sound travelled across West Africa via mobile phone data cards, a popular form of local music distribution. Grueling DIY world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds followed, including 2019’s landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an ecstatic international audience.
“Fiercely Brilliant” - Bob Boilen, NPR
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Music Genre Primary||Alternative|
|Music Genre Secondary||World|
- 1. Chismiten
- 2. Taliat
- 3. Ya Habibti
- 4. Tala Tannam
- 5. Untitled
- 6. Asdikte Akal
- 7. Layla
- 8. Afrique Victime
- 9. Bismilahi Atagah
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