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Greg Nieuws
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Greg Nieuws My brain has been autotuned. Favorite track: Anar.
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Cosmographer This music is among the most gentle, soothing and beautiful in Mdou Moctar's catalog! Favorite track: Karad Etran.
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bonnieprince amazing stuff. autotuned vocals over amazing Tuareg guitar! Favorite track: Ibitlan.
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mmoonn Soulful, nomadic, robo-G-funk draped in baby-blue silk--pumpin out the front flap of a rug hut. One of my favorite things about the future.
jean paul hare
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jean paul hare One of the most interesting things I have ever heard...reminding me of long nights spent in places far from home...erratic clashes of modern and ancient...synths v strings...eastern flavors v west...vocal chords v vocorder....its really something Favorite track: La Super.
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Pete OntheCorner Anar just nudges it on this diverse winner from Sahel Sounds.Mdou Moctar merges influences subtlety & uses modern equipment to enhance rather than overwhelm.I'm always bowled over & ready to book a trip when hearing camel rhythms.The tracks here are measured in variation & Anar maybe THE one though the uptempo Kared Etran is a treat & the release finishes with the spacious Ibitlan bringing a dose of blues as the hipnotic rhythm & vocal melody travel to wherever you are and wanting more. Favorite track: Anar.
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Tahoultine 05:38
La Super 03:32
Nikali Talit 04:37
Anar 04:34
Achinane 03:18
Karad Etran 02:58
Asshet Akal 02:50
Ibitlan 04:57


Spaced out autotune from Niger. Tuareg guitar accompanied with loping drum machines and vocal plug ins, interpreted via the filter of Bollywood influenced Hausa pop. Mdou Moctar’s debut studio recording from 2008, was never officially released but widely distributed via the cellphone file sharing networks of the Sahara. A monumental record sonically, but also as one of the first modern electronic adaptations of Tuareg guitar.


released September 9, 2014

All tracks written and performed by Mdou Moctar
Recorded at Ahmadia Multimedia Sound Studio, Sokoto, Nigeria, 2008
Cover art by Petit Ag Hamidoun
Mastering by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering

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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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