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bonnieprince Great raw live album. Really shows Mdou Moctar's live chops and their energy. Favorite track: Tanzaka.
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Amy Plumb This song makes me smile everytime I hear it :) I also love the last track Idagi Achinane - I don't understand the lyrics but I find it really moving. The whole album is great - it's a favourite now. Favorite track: Maheyega Assouf Igan.
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Rob Stenson Tahoultine — completely arresting Favorite track: Tahoultine.
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Aaron Colter More great music brought to the States from Sahel Sounds!
Michał Wieczorek
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Michał Wieczorek The rawest Tuareg rock album since "Guitar Music from Agadez, vol. 1" by the great Groupe Inerane. Favorite track: Issusahid Elwaname.
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Al Wood I was blown away by Chet Boghassa. One of the most raw and energetic rock and roll guitar tracks I've ever heard. Favorite track: Chet Boghassa.
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    Vinyl version of Mdou Moctar's Afelan

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Tahoultine 05:31
Nikali Talit 04:28
Amer Iyan 03:57
Afelan 05:39
Tanzaka 04:07


Tuareg rock from Niger's singer-songwriter Mdou Moctar. Tales of anguished love and broken hearts, plus some well known classics. Famous for his autotuned studio sessions popular on West African cellphones, here Mdou performs live. Recorded on location in Niger, electrifying, distorted and blown out guitar balances with sweet melodies of Saharan folk.

Vinyl LP available from Sahel Sounds


released July 17, 2013

Recorded in Tchin-Tabaradene, Niger
Photo by Christopher Kirkley


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Mdou Moctar Agadez, Niger

Mdou Moctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar and have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. Mdou shreds with a relentless and frenetic energy that puts his contemporaries to shame. ... more


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