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Released: 21.05.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having established a global audience over the course of a career that’s taken him from cellphone celebrity in Niger to widespread acclaim as a touring and recording artist (a show from him and his band at The Cumberland Arms in 2015 being amongst the finest this writer has witnessed), Mdou Moctar’s debut album for Matador finds Moctar continuing to hone his electrified Tuareg sound.

While there’s a premium placed on songwriting as opposed to his fretboard heroics on this outing, acoustic outings like Tala Tannam and the succinct shuffle of Ya Habibti prove fine foils for the fiery title track’s denunciation of colonialism’s legacy, which pushes Moctar’s politics (as well as drummer Souleymane Ibrahim’s sublime playing) to the forefront in a manner new to his work.

 

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