ALBUM REVIEW: Mdou Moctar – Funeral For Justice | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 03.05.24







Mdou Moctar’s story is the stuff of legend. From building his first guitar from bicycle parts in a mining town of his native Niger to becoming the international face of desert blues, Funeral For Justice marks a new chapter in an incredible tale.

This album, Moctar’s seventh, follows 2021’s groundbreaking Afrique Victime and answers it with a politically-charged barrage, embracing a heavier and speedier edge. Entirely sung in Tamasheq, Funeral For Justice deals with the painful legacy of French colonialism in West Africa, with palpable anguish in the strident sound of distorted guitar. Throughout, the four-piece demonstrates spectacular musical prowess across the board. However, Moctar’s unique and masterful style is truly a thing to experience, warranting his epithet: ‘Hendrix of the Sahara’.


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