How no-one has commented on this absolute insane riff-age is beyond me. It bangs on the inside of your head feeling better and better each time until you start rocking along with it. The tight vocal screams sending it over the edge into an adrenaline fueled cluster fuck. Gorgeous and colourful.
Favorite track: Ibitlan.
Sahel Sounds is excited to share Mdou Moctar's latest single, "Ibitlan." Recorded at the same sessions as Mdou's recent album Ilana: The Creator, "Ibitlan" has been a staple of Mdou's band's live shows over the past years, sometimes being played at lengths of 10+ minutes!
Whereas Ilana: The Creator's lyrical content often focused on life in postcolonial Niger, "Ibitlan" is more focused on matters of the heart. When describing the song, Mdou said, "It's like when there's a valley, with a stream running through it, and all the plants are green, the song is about how my girlfriend is beautiful like that. Her skin is like a yellow flower, and her smile is like lightning."
Mdou Moctar hails from a small village in central Niger in a remote region steeped in religious tradition. Growing up in an area where secular music was all but prohibited, he taught himself to play on a homemade guitar cobbled together out of wood. It was years before he found a "real" guitar and taught himself to play in secret. He immediately became a star amongst the village youth. In a surprising turn, his songs began to win over local religious leaders with their lyrics of respect, honor, and tradition.
"Ibitlan" appears on a 7" single that is limited to 500 copies and be available exclusively at Mdou Moctar's Spring 2020 tour and direct from the Sahel Sounds website.
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
Astonishing. So raw and pure. This is what music should be like: unpretentious, skillful, among friends under the stars. This is everything I've ever wanted in a record even though I didn't know it. Marco Esquandolas