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Afrique Victime

by Mdou Moctar

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Marcus Vinicius
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Marcus Vinicius great energy! amazing album! Favorite track: Chismiten.
Verdensånden
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Verdensånden This is the sound of rock 'n roll put in the hands of af new guitargenius that will rock the whole world.
Favorite track: Afrique Victime.
Fred Jorissen
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Fred Jorissen Hi Mdou, great sound that really makes something lose in soul & body. Hope 2 see U @ het bos Antwerp 1/4/2022, take Care Favorite track: Chismiten.
javas85
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javas85 Thanks for your music! Hope to see you someday in concert in Santiago!
Love from Chile! Favorite track: Tala Tannam.
Sebs
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Sebs Another great album by Mdou Moctar.
Hopefully we see you down here in Australia one day. Favorite track: Tala Tannam.
sh.z.a
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sh.z.a Santana and Hendrix toured the Middle East, swooped down to Niger, and did the fusion dance into a single musical entity. Favorite track: Taliat.
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1.
Chismiten 04:58
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Taliat 03:48
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Ya Habibti 03:31
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Tala Tannam 05:38
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Untitled 01:25
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Asdikte Akal 04:31
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Layla 04:26
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With "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.

If "Ilana" was a late ’60s early ’70s ZZ Top and Black Sabbath record – "Afrique Victime" is mid-’70s to early ’80s Van Halen meets Black Flag meets Black Uhuru. The ferocity of Moctar’s electric guitar and the band's hypnotic rhythm section are on awe-inspiring display “Chismiten” and the mournful yet incandescent title track. Elsewhere, Moctar finds inspiration in highlighting lesser-known facets of the group: “While people have gotten to know Mdou Moctar as a rock band, there is a whole different set of music with this band done on acoustic guitars, which we wanted to incorporate into this album in order to go through a sonic journey,” he says. Mdou pays homage to one of his heroes Abdallah Ag Oumbadagou, the legendary Niger musician and political revolutionary, on songs “Ya Habibti” and “Layla”. “Abdallah was a contemporary of Tinariwen and helped to pioneer the sound of Tuareg guitar music blended with drum machines and electronic sounds”.

"Afrique Victime" sounds and feels like a Tuareg hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance to get lifted.

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released May 21, 2021

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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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