MOCTAR, MDOU - AFRIQUE VICTIME

MOCTAR, MDOU - AFRIQUE VICTIME

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: MATADOR

Release date: 21/05/2021

Barcode: 0191401161411

Catalog no.: OLELP0001614

Item ID: 509861

With 'Afrique Victime' the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky - boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and "rock music" by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights, inequality, and Western Africa's exploitation at the hands of colonial powers. If 'Ilana' was a late '60s early '70s ZZ Top and Black Sabbath record - 'Afrique Victime' is mid-'70s to early '80s Van Halen meets Black Flag meets Black Uhuru. The ferocity of Moctar's electric guitar and the band's hypnotic rhythm section are on awe-inspiring display 'Chismiten' and the mournful yet incandescent title track. Elsewhere, Moctar finds inspiration in highlighting lesser-known facets of the group: "While people have gotten to know Mdou Moctar as a rock band, there is a whole different set of music with this band done on acoustic guitars, which we wanted to incorporate into this album in order to go through a sonic journey," he says. Mdou pays homage to one of his heroes Abdallah Ag Oumbadagou, the legendary Niger musician and political revolutionary, on songs 'Ya Habibti' and 'Layla'. "Abdallah was a contemporary of Tinariwen and helped to pioneer the sound of Tuareg guitar music blended with drum machines and electronic sounds". 'Afrique Victime' sounds and feels like a Tuareg hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance to get lifted.

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