Mdou Moctar, group ready to perform in Arcata – Times-Standard


Mdou Moctar will perform the evening of September 27 at the Miniplex, 900 Samoa Blvd., Arcata Tickets for the show are $25 and can be purchased at -2021_at_8:30 p.m.

Moctar’s home is Agadez, a desert village in rural Niger. Inspired by traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen’s six-string techniques, he masters the guitar and creates his own style.

Charismatic born, Moctar went on to tell his story as a budding artist by writing, producing and starring in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of “Purple Rain” titled “Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai”, which translates to “Rain The Color Blue with a bit of red in it The word and sound traveled across West Africa via mobile phone data cards, a popular form of local music distribution DIY world tours and albums on independent American label Sahel Sounds followed, including 2019’s “Ilana: The Creator”, which won Moctar an international following.

Now with Afrique Victime, the much-acclaimed ‘Jimi Hendrix of the Sahara’ blazes a new hole in the sky – boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and ‘rock music’ by blending guitar pyrotechnics, loud noise and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women’s rights, inequality and the exploitation of West Africa at the hands of colonial powers. It is the result of the combined efforts of Moctar, Souleymane Ibrahim, Mikey Coltun and Ahmoudou Madassane, Moctar’s rhythm guitarist since 2008.

After a year and a half of inactivity, the group has embarked on a long North American and European tour, which will continue until next spring.

To watch the band’s electric live via the Mdou Moctar Live Stream Concert — Live in Niamey, Niger, visit


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