As announced last night in New Plymouth TaranakiMdou Moctar comes to Aotearoa/New Zealand to play WOMAD NZ
Festival as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations over the weekend of March 17-19, 2023. Buy your tickets HERE
Also revealed are the details of the second part of the
Niger PE series – featuring live and alternate versions of songs spanning the band’s discography recorded in their native Niger – which will be released digitally on October 25. It follows
Nigeria Vol.1 EP which is now available on digital. A physical release date for both EPs on limited vinyl has also been announced for March 10.
Preview Flight. 2 is available to listen today with a live version of ‘Ibitilan‘. First appearance on 2019
Blue Scene Session, the latest iteration of ‘Ibitlan’ captures the band’s renowned live energy in unmediated form, pushing the faders to their limits. Listen now.
“Ibitlan is a love song“, explains the producer and bassist Mikey Coltun. “Mdou sings of his love for a woman, comparing her to a beautiful valley crossed by a stream, how her skin is a yellow flower and her smile is like lightning. This particular recording was made in Agadez in 2017 at a wedding. Mdou and I had been playing three weddings a day for about a month and a half on this trip. It was like a bootcamp. I liked it. Ibitlan is one of Mdou’s oldest songs and is covered by just about every Tuareg guitarist. We played versions of this song that were over 20 minutes long. This is definitely one of my favorite games!”
An innovative alchemy of Tuareg folk, blues and rock, electric guitar pyrotechnics, field and electronic recordings with poetic call-to-arms lyrics about the fate of his native Niger, Moctar’s 2021 album
Africa Victim swept the year-end lists, achieving high rankings in The Economist, The Guardian, The New York Times,
Pitchfork, The New Yorker, NPR, Rolling Stone, Dazed & Confused, DJ, Crack and many more.
2022 saw the quartet of Moctar, rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassanebassist/producer Mikey Coltun and drummer Souleymane Ibrahim playing sold-out tours in Europe and North America. From their sold-out show in Oslo to London in April,
The Guardian wrote: “quite thrilling (…) Moctar rewrites the guitar-hero rulebook”. Also in April, the band released a collection of remixes Africa Redonespotlighting artists at the forefront of electronic music across Africa. Resident Advisor called Duma’s remix of ‘Untitled’ “a truly original record of distorted techno and doom rock”, while writing the MC Yallah and
Debmaster version of ‘Tala Tannam‘”introduces a vibe of contemporary club music into the thrilling and often beautiful sound of Moctar’s desert blues, the kind of rework that feels more like a cultural fusion than a simple remix”
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