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Afrique Victime

by Mdou Moctar

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darth_tyrannus_rex A perfect example of rock being revitalized in the 21st century from artists all over the world. Stunningly beautiful and unique. Favorite track: Tala Tannam.
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Nik Havert It's his best album so far, and that's saying something because he's yet to put out a bad record.

Here's my full review - Favorite track: Afrique Victime.
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losfastidios Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg guitarist that adapts the classical Tuareg guitar music to modern times. If you are a big fan of guitar music, you will love it because he creates a unique and exotic atmosphere in each song.
The easiest comparison that comes up in my mind is that Mdou Moctar is doing what Santana did: putting together guitar skills with ethnic music (for Santana was Latin music, for Mdou Moctar is Tuareg music). Favorite track: Afrique Victime.
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Chismiten 04:58
Taliat 03:48
Ya Habibti 03:31
Tala Tannam 05:38
Untitled 01:25
Asdikte Akal 04:31
Layla 04:26


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.


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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