Mdou Moctar – Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (4 stars)

Mdou Moctar – Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai

(Sahel Sounds)

Agadez guitar maestro soundtracks and stars in first Tuareg feature film

A Saharan homage to Purple Rain and The Harder They Come, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (‘Rain the colour of red with a little blue in it’) is the world’s first Tuareg language feature film. Its star is the young Agadez guitar hero and List favourite Mdou Moctar, who also provides the soundtrack. While his songs are still in the takamba and assouf styles, the relatively clean production opens up more space for the psychedelic shimmer of Moctar’s fluid Stratocaster licks, behind which drummer Aboubacar Ibrahim Mazawadje works up driving syncopated grooves. Short reflective guitar interludes are interspersed with full band performances which range from the panoramic desert rock of ‘Iblis Amghar’ to the fiery rave-up ‘Jagwa’.

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