TONIGHT (April 22): Live Stream a Mdou Moctar Concert from Niger
The amazing Tuareg blues band Mdou Moctar are a “can’t miss” when they have come through town in the past few years, but with COVID the idea of “coming through town” hardly registers anymore. Luckily the band recorded a concert (details below) and tonight (April 22nd at 7 pm) you can watch the show via the band’s bandcamp page for only $10. More info and tickets can be found HERE.
In winter 2020, the Mdou Moctar band met up in Niamey, the capital of Niger, to record a few songs in anticipation of the release of, Afrique Victime (May 21st on Matador Records). We were staying on the outskirts of town at a friend’s home. One day, we quietly set up in front of the house to film a few songs. Despite our relative isolation, the noise of the band inevitably attracted a crowd. What started as the four of us simply playing a few songs for a camera turned into a three-night run of rowdy concerts, bringing in hundreds of eager listeners. Each night, kids from all over the city would line up at our door, rushing over after their final evening prayer. These performances were completely spontaneous and wholly unplanned. Thanks to the audience in Niamey, we were able to capture the spectacular energy of a typical Niamey concert for you. We’re thrilled about it and hope you will be, too. Enjoy!
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