1/11-14 Mdou Moctar (Tuareg music from Niger), clinic/concert @ Kontoret
Mdou Moctar på Kontoret rankar jag som en av höstens absolut bästa konserter. Den tar en plats på topp 5-listan över Kontoretkonserter. Det var på något sätt precis vad jag behövde i höstmörkret, suggestiva tuaregtoner från en världsartist på en scen så liten att man när som helst kan röra artisten eller för den delen de övriga i publiken.
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Mdou Moctar (Tuareg music from Niger), clinic/konsert kl 17.00 @ Kontoret.
In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.
Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar, Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream.
Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album “Anar” – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation “Music from Saharan Cellphones.”
In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelane,” rocking and raw sessions recorded live at his hometown in Niger. He is currently in production in the first ever Tuareg language film, a fictional story of the struggle of a guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez.
Music from Saharan Cellphones Vol. 1 (Sahelsounds)
Music from Saharan Cellphones Vol. 2 (Sahelsounds)
Mdou Moctar/Brainstorm – Anar (Sahelsounds)
Mdou Moctar – Afelane (Sahelsounds)